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Muster In: Organized in the spring of 1861.  Mustered into Confederate service on May 26, 1861.1
Muster Out: Captured as part of Walker’s artillery column on April 8, 1865.2

Commander(s):
Captain Joseph Norcom, Jr.
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Lieutenant Henry A. Battles (section only)
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Lieutenant Frank McElroy (of the 1st Co., Wash Arty)(section only)
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Washington Louisiana Artillery Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army3

  • Commander:
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Second Offensive Order of Battle: Washington Louisiana Artillery Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army4

  • Commander: Captain Joseph Norcom, Jr.5
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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Washington Louisiana Artillery Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army6

  • Commander: Captain Joseph Norcom, Jr.7
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Washington Louisiana Artillery Battalion | First Corps Artillery | First Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army8

  • Commander: Captain Joseph Norcom, Jr.9
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Washington Louisiana Artillery Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army10,11

  • Commander: Captain Joseph Norcom, Jr.12
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  • Weapons:
  • Note: Richard Sommers’ doctoral thesis indicates the Washington Artillery Battalion was still nominally attached to the First Corps Artillery but was operating with Walker’s Third Corps Artillery Battalion semi-permanently.13

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Washington Louisiana Artillery Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army14

  • Commander: Captain Joseph Norcom, Jr.15
  • Unit Strength:
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Washington Louisiana Artillery Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army16,17

  • Commander:
    • Captain Joseph Norcom, Jr. (absent at least December 21-31)(November & December 1864)18,19
    • ? (while Captain Norcom was away in December)(December 1864)20
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons: 3 x 12-lb. Napoleons, 1 x 10-lb. Parrott (December 28, 1864)21

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Washington Louisiana Artillery Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army22,23,24

  • Commander: None listed. (January & February 1865)25,26
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Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Washington Louisiana Artillery Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army27,28

  • Commander:
    • Captain Joseph Norcom, Jr. (in the hospital at least March 27)(March 1865)29
    • ? (while Norcom was in the hospital in March)(March 1865)30
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      No battery commander listed. (April 1-2, 1865)31

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      Lieutenant Henry A. Battles (section only)(April 1-2, 1865)32

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      Lieutenant Frank McElroy (of the 1st Co., Wash Arty)(section only)(April 1-2, 1865)33

  • Unit Strength:
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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles34:

  • Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 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. 39-41
      2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Louisiana by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 39-41
      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. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 113
      6. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 122
      7. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 122
      8. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 130
      9. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 130
      10. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 140
      11. 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.
      12. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 140
      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. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 149
      16. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 158
      17. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 166
      18. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 158
      19. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 166
      20. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 166
      21. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Louisiana by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 39-41
      22. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 175
      23. 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.
      24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 185
      25. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 175
      26. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 185
      27. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 194
      28. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 204
      29. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 194
      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. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 204
      33. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 204
      34. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Louisiana by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 39-41

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