Confederate Guards Mississippi Artillery (Bradford’s MS Battery)

   

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Muster In: Organized in early 1862.1
Muster Out: April 9, 18652

Commander(s):
Captain William D. Bradford
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Commander 2
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Commander 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Coit’s Artillery Battalion | Artillery | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army3

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  • Note: One section of this battery was on detached service at Hicksford in the First Military District, Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia.4

Second Offensive Order of Battle: Coit’s Artillery Battalion | Artillery | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army5

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  • Note: One section of this battery was on detached service at Hicksford in the First Military District, Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia.6

Third Offensive Order of Battle: Coit’s Artillery Battalion | Artillery | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army7

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  • Note: One section of this battery was on detached service at Hicksford in the First Military District, Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia.8

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Coit’s Artillery Battalion | Artillery | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army9

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  • Note: One section of this battery was on detached service at Hicksford in the First Military District, Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia.10

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Coit’s Artillery Battalion | Artillery | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army11,12

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  • Note: Only one section of the Confederate Guards Artillery was operating with Coit’s Battalion at this time.13
  • Note: The other section of this battery under Lieutenant Andrew J. Cochran was at Hicksford with Garnett’s Brigade.14,15

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Coit’s Artillery Battalion | Artillery | Fourth Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army16

  • Commander: Captain William D. Bradford17
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  • Note: One section of this battery under Lieutenant Andrew J. Cochran was at Hicksford with Garnett’s Brigade.18

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Coit’s Artillery Battalion | Artillery | Fourth Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army19,20

  • Commander: Captain William D. Bradford (November & December 1864)21,22
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons: 3 x 20-lb. Parrotts, 2 x 12-lb. Smoothbores (December 26, 1864)23
  • Note: One section of this battery under Lieutenant Andrew J. Cochran (November) and an unknown leader (December) was at Hicksford with Garnett’s Brigade.24,25

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Coit’s Artillery Battalion | Artillery | Fourth Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army26,27,28

  • Commander: None listed. (January & February 1865)29,30
  • Unit Strength:
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  • Note: One section of this battery under an unknown commander was at Hicksford with Garnett’s Brigade.31,32

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Coit’s Artillery Battalion | Artillery | Fourth Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army33,34

  • Commander: None listed (March & April 1-2, 1865)35,36
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  • Note: One section of this battery under an unknown commander was at Hicksford with Garnett’s Brigade.37,38

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles39:

  • 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: Mississippi by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 20-21
      2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Mississippi 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. 115
      4. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 116
      5. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 115
      6. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 116
      7. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 125
      8. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 125
      9. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 134
      10. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 134
      11. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 142
      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. 1314.
      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. 1314.
      14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 142
      15. 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.
      16. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 150
      17. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 150
      18. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 151
      19. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 158
      20. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 167
      21. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 158
      22. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 167
      23. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Mississippi by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 20-21
      24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 159
      25. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 168
      26. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 176
      27. 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.
      28. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 186
      29. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 176
      30. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 186
      31. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 177
      32. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 188
      33. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 195
      34. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 205
      35. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 195
      36. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 205
      37. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 198
      38. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 207
      39. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Mississippi by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 20-21

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