Wilmington North Carolina Artillery (Miller’s NC Battery)

   

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Note: This unit was also known as Company E of the 1st North Carolina Artillery.

Muster In: Mustered into State service on August 23, 1861.  Mustered into Confederate service on August 30, 1861.1
Muster Out: April 9, 18652

Commander(s):
Captain John O. Miller
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Commander 2
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Commander 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Moseley’s Artillery Battalion | Artillery | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army3

  • Commander:
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons: 4 x 10-lb. Parrotts (June 1864-December 28, 1864)4
  • Note: A section of this battery was detached and stationed at Fort Clifton.5

Second Offensive Order of Battle: Moseley’s Artillery Battalion | Artillery | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army6

  • Commander:
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons: 4 x 10-lb. Parrotts (June 1864-December 28, 1864)7
  • Note: A section of this battery was detached and stationed at Fort Clifton.8

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

  • Commander:
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons: 4 x 10-lb. Parrotts (June 1864-December 28, 1864)10
  • Note: A section of this battery was detached and stationed at Fort Clifton. 11

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Moseley’s Artillery Battalion | Artillery | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army12

  • Commander:
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons: 4 x 10-lb. Parrotts (June 1864-December 28, 1864)13
  • Note: A section of this battery was detached and stationed at Fort Clifton. 14

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Moseley’s Artillery Battalion | Artillery | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army15,16

  • Commander:
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons: 4 x 10-lb. Parrotts (June 1864-December 28, 1864)17
  • Note: A section of this battery was detached and stationed at Fort Clifton.18,19

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Moseley’s Artillery Battalion | Artillery | Fourth Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army20

  • Commander: Captain John O. Miller21
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons: 4 x 10-lb. Parrotts (June 1864-December 28, 1864)22
  • Note: A section of this battery was detached and stationed at Fort Clifton.23

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Moseley’s Artillery Battalion | Artillery | Fourth Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army24,25

  • Commander: Captain John O. Miller (November & December 1864)26,27
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons: 4 x 10-lb. Parrotts (June 1864-December 28, 1864)28
  • Note: A section of this battery was detached (under which commander?) and stationed at Fort Clifton. (November & December 1864)29,30

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Blount’s Artillery Battalion | Artillery | Fourth Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army31,32,33

  • Commander: None listed. (January & February 1865)34,35
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: A section of this battery was detached (under which commander?) and stationed at Fort Clifton.36,37

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Blount’s Artillery Battalion | Artillery | Fourth Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army38,39

  • Commander: None listed (March & April 1-2, 1865)40,41
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: A section of this battery was detached (under which commander?) and stationed at Fort Clifton.42,43

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles44:

  • 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: North Carolina by Stewart Sifakis, p. 11
    2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: North Carolina by Stewart Sifakis, p. 11
    3. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 115
    4. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: North Carolina by Stewart Sifakis, p. 11: Sifakis lists this battery as having 4 x 10-lb. Parrotts from June 1864 to December 28, 1864.  The unit had this setup in both June, 1864 and on December 28, 1864.  What is unclear is if Sifakis can correctly assume this setup never changed at any point in between those dates and exactly when in June the unit was so equipped.  More research is needed.
    5. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 115: I noted this but cannot find where I saw this.  For now, Sibley’s book has the more generic “1st NC Arty (detachment)” listed, but doesn’t go into more detail.  More research is needed to (re)find how I know it was a detachment of Miller’s battery specifically.
    6. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 115
    7. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: North Carolina by Stewart Sifakis, p. 11: Sifakis lists this battery as having 4 x 10-lb. Parrotts from June 1864 to December 28, 1864.  The unit had this setup in both June, 1864 and on December 28, 1864.  What is unclear is if Sifakis can correctly assume this setup never changed at any point in between those dates and exactly when in June the unit was so equipped.  More research is needed.
    8. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 115: I noted this but cannot find where I saw this.  For now, Sibley’s book has the more generic “1st NC Arty (detachment)” listed, but doesn’t go into more detail.  More research is needed to (re)find how I know it was a detachment of Miller’s battery specifically.
    9. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 125
    10. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: North Carolina by Stewart Sifakis, p. 11: Sifakis lists this battery as having 4 x 10-lb. Parrotts from June 1864 to December 28, 1864.  The unit had this setup in both June, 1864 and on December 28, 1864.  What is unclear is if Sifakis can correctly assume this setup never changed at any point in between those dates and exactly when in June the unit was so equipped.  More research is needed.
    11. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 125: “I noted this but cannot find where I saw this.  For now, Sibley’s book has the more generic “1st NC Arty (detachment)” listed, but doesn’t go into more detail.  More research is needed to (re)find how I know it was a detachment of Miller’s battery specifically.”
    12. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 134
    13. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: North Carolina by Stewart Sifakis, p. 11: Sifakis lists this battery as having 4 x 10-lb. Parrotts from June 1864 to December 28, 1864.  The unit had this setup in both June, 1864 and on December 28, 1864.  What is unclear is if Sifakis can correctly assume this setup never changed at any point in between those dates and exactly when in June the unit was so equipped.  More research is needed.
    14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 134: “I noted this but cannot find where I saw this.  For now, Sibley’s book has the more generic “1st NC Arty (detachment)” listed, but doesn’t go into more detail.  More research is needed to (re)find how I know it was a detachment of Miller’s battery specifically.”
    15. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 142
    16. 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: Sommers does not list this battery with Moseley’s Artillery Battalion, but in a note for the unit he mentions that “Miller’s NC Artillery”, which is the Wilmington NC Artillery, was sent to the north side of the James on September 29, 1864 and operated with the First Corps Artillery.
    17. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: North Carolina by Stewart Sifakis, p. 11: Sifakis lists this battery as having 4 x 10-lb. Parrotts from June 1864 to December 28, 1864.  The unit had this setup in both June, 1864 and on December 28, 1864.  What is unclear is if Sifakis can correctly assume this setup never changed at any point in between those dates and exactly when in June the unit was so equipped.  More research is needed.
    18. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 142
    19. 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.
    20. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 150
    21. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 150
    22. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: North Carolina by Stewart Sifakis, p. 11: Sifakis lists this battery as having 4 x 10-lb. Parrotts from June 1864 to December 28, 1864.  The unit had this setup in both June, 1864 and on December 28, 1864.  What is unclear is if Sifakis can correctly assume this setup never changed at any point in between those dates and exactly when in June the unit was so equipped.  More research is needed.
    23. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 151
    24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 158
    25. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 167
    26. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 158
    27. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 167
    28. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: North Carolina by Stewart Sifakis, p. 11: Sifakis lists this battery as having 4 x 10-lb. Parrotts from June 1864 to December 28, 1864.  The unit had this setup in both June, 1864 and on December 28, 1864.  What is unclear is if Sifakis can correctly assume this setup never changed at any point in between those dates and exactly when in June the unit was so equipped.  More research is needed.
    29. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 160
    30. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 168
    31. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 176
    32. 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.
    33. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 186
    34. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 176
    35. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 186
    36. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 177
    37. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 189
    38. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 195
    39. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 205
    40. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 195
    41. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 205
    42. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 198
    43. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 207
    44. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: North Carolina by Stewart Sifakis, p. 11

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