18th Virginia Battalion Heavy Artillery

   

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Muster In: Organized with four companies on June 21, 1862.1
Muster Out: April 9, 18652

Commander(s):
Major Mark B. Hardin
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Commander 2
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Second Division (Inner Line) | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army3

  • Commander: Major Mark B. Hardin4
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Second Offensive Order of Battle: Second Division (Inner Line) | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army5

  • Commander: Major Mark B. Hardin6
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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Second Division (Inner Line) | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army7

  • Commander: Major Mark B. Hardin 8
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Second Division (Inner Line) | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army9

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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Second Division (Inner Line) | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army10,11

  • Commander:
    • Major Mark B. Hardin12
    • ? (while Hardin commanded the Chaffin’s Bluff Battalion)13
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Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Second Division (Inner Line) | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army14

  • Commander: Major Mark B. Hardin15
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Second Division (Inner Line) | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army16,17

  • Commander: Major Mark B. Hardin (commanded both the 18th and 20th Virginia Heavy Artillery Battalions in December 1864)(November & December 1864)18,19
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  • Note: This unit was temporarily attached to Barton’s Command on at least November 5, 1864.20

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Second Division (Inner Line) | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army21,22,23

  • Commander: Major Mark B. Hardin (January & February 1865)24,25
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  • Note: This unit was temporarily attached to Custis Lee’s Division, starting January 9, in January 1865.26

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army27,28

  • Commander: None listed. (March & April 1-2, 1865)29,30
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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles31:

  • Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
  • Sayler’s Creek (April 6, 1865)
  • Appomattox Court House (April 9, 1865)

Bibliography:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

      Sources:

      1. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, p. 8
      2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, p. 8
      3. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 117
      4. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 671
      5. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 117
      6. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 671
      7. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 126
      8. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 126
      9. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 136
      10. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 144
      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. 1315.
      12. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 144
      13. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 144
      14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 153
      15. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 153
      16. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 161
      17. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 170
      18. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 161
      19. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 170
      20. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 161
      21. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 179
      22. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 188
      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 1275: “Organization of the Infantry and Cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia, General R. E. Lee, C. S. Army, commanding, February 28, 1865”; This order of battle was based off of inspection reports from February 28, 1865.  However, leaders listed are from January.  I’ve chosen to ignore the leaders and just use this source for the organization of the order of battle.
      24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 179
      25. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 188
      26. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 178
      27. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 197
      28. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 206
      29. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 197
      30. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 206
      31. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, p. 8

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