Donaldsonville Louisiana Artillery (Maurin’s LA Battery)

   

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Muster In: Organized and mustered in Confederate service in August 1861.1
Muster Out: April 9, 18652

Commander(s):
Captain R. Prosper Landry
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Commander 2
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Commander 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Richardson’s Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army3

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Second Offensive Order of Battle: Richardson’s Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army4

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  • Weapons:
    • at least 1 section of 10-lb. Parrott rifles (at least June 19, 1864)5

Third Offensive Order of Battle: Richardson’s Artillery Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army6

  • Commander: Captain R. Prosper Landry (at least July 27, 1864)7
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
    • at least 2 x 10-lb. Parrott rifles, 4 total tubes (July 1-27, 1864)8
    • at least 2 x 12-lb. Napoleons, 4 total tubes (July 27-31, 1864)9

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Richardson’s Artillery Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army10

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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Richardson’s Artillery Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army11,12

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  • Note: Richardonson’s Battalion was stationed at or near Rives’ Salient during the Fifth Offensive.13

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Richardson’s Artillery Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army14

  • Commander: Captain R. Prosper Landry (at least October 15, 1864)15,16
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Richardson’s Artillery Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army17,18

  • Commander: Captain R. Prosper Landry (at least November 12, 1864)(November & December 1864)19,20,21
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons: 2 x 12-lb. Napoleons, 2 x 10-lb. Parrotts (December 28, 1864)22

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Richardson’s Artillery Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army23,24,25

  • Commander: None listed. (January & February 1865)26,27
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Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Richardson’s Artillery Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army28,29

  • Commander: None listed. (March & April 1-2, 1865)30,31
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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles32:

  • Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
  • Petersburg Final Assault (April 2, 1865)
  • Fort Gregg (April 2, 1865)
  • Appomattox Court House (April 9, 1865)

Bibliography:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

    Sources:

    1. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Louisiana by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 20-21
    2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Louisiana by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 20-21
    3. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 113
    4. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 113
    5. “Donaldsonville Cannoniers…II.” New Orleans Times-Picayune. June 16, 1902, p. ? col. ?: “At 7 o’clock p. m. our rifled section was detached from the battalion and joined ten other Parrott guns under command of Colonel Cutts, acting chief of artillery of A. P. Hill’s Corps.”
    6. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 122
    7. “Donaldsonville Cannoniers…VI.” New Orleans Times-Picayune. July 21, 1902, p. ? col. ?: “This evening (July 27) Captain Landry turned in his section of Richmond Parrott guns, and received in their stead two fine Napoleons, which were immediately placed in position.”
    8. “Donaldsonville Cannoniers…VI.” New Orleans Times-Picayune. July 21, 1902, p. ? col. ?: “This evening (July 27) Captain Landry turned in his section of Richmond Parrott guns, and received in their stead two fine Napoleons, which were immediately placed in position.”
    9. “Donaldsonville Cannoniers…VI.” New Orleans Times-Picayune. July 21, 1902, p. ? col. ?: “This evening (July 27) Captain Landry turned in his section of Richmond Parrott guns, and received in their stead two fine Napoleons, which were immediately placed in position.”
    10. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 132
    11. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 140
    12. Sommers, Richard J. “Grant’s Fifth Offensive at Petersburg: A Study in Strategy, Tactics, and Generalship.  The Battle of Poplar Spring Church, the First Battle of the Darbytown Road, the Second Battle of the Squirrel Level Road, the Second Battle of the Darbytown Road (Ulysses S. Grant, Virginia).” Doctoral Thesis. Rice University, 1970. Print. p. 1313.
    13. Sommers, Richard J. “Grant’s Fifth Offensive at Petersburg: A Study in Strategy, Tactics, and Generalship.  The Battle of Poplar Spring Church, the First Battle of the Darbytown Road, the Second Battle of the Squirrel Level Road, the Second Battle of the Darbytown Road (Ulysses S. Grant, Virginia).” Doctoral Thesis. Rice University, 1970. Print. p. 1313.
    14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 149
    15. “Donaldsonville Cannoniers…VIII.” New Orleans Times-Picayune. August 4, 1902, p. ? col. ?: “Oct. 15–Captain Prosper Landry returned to-day and took charge of the company. ”  However, Eugene Levy, the person who put together this newspaper series from his diary, did not mention earlier when Landry was ever absent from the command.  More research is needed here.
    16. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 149
    17. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 157
    18. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 166
    19. “Donaldsonville Cannoniers…(IX).” New Orleans Times-Picayune. August 11, 1902, p. ? col. ?: “Went to town by permission of Captain Landry, to attend Taylor’s funeral.”
    20. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 157
    21. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 166
    22. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Louisiana by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 20-21
    23. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 175
    24. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 1177: “Organization of the Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by General R. E. Lee, January 31, 1865”; This list contains many commanders who were not there.  They were the “official” commanders but may have been gone on leave.  I have used none of the leaders from this list as a result.
    25. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 185
    26. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 175
    27. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 185
    28. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 194
    29. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 204
    30. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 194
    31. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 204
    32. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Louisiana by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 20-21

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