Ashland Virginia Artillery (Woolfolk’s VA Battery)

   

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Muster In: Organized August 14, 18611
Muster Out: April 9, 18652

Commander(s):
Lieutenant James Woolfolk
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Commander 2
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Commander 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Huger’s Battalion | First Corps Artillery | First Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army3

  • Commander:
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons: 2 x 20-lb. Parrotts, 2 x 12-lb. Napoleons (July 1, 1863-December 28, 1864)4

Second Offensive Order of Battle: Huger’s Battalion | First Corps Artillery | First Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army5

  • Commander: Lieutenant James Woolfolk6
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons: 2 x 20-lb. Parrotts, 2 x 12-lb. Napoleons (July 1, 1863-December 28, 1864)7

Third Offensive Order of Battle: Huger’s Battalion | First Corps Artillery | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army8

  • Commander: Lieutenant James Woolfolk9
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons: 2 x 20-lb. Parrotts, 2 x 12-lb. Napoleons (July 1, 1863-December 28, 1864)10

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Huger’s Battalion | First Corps Artillery | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army11

  • Commander: Lieutenant James Woolfolk12
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons: 2 x 20-lb. Parrotts, 2 x 12-lb. Napoleons (July 1, 1863-December 28, 1864)13

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Huger’s Battalion | First Corps Artillery | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army14,15

  • Commander: Lieutenant James Woolfolk16
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons: 2 x 20-lb. Parrotts, 2 x 12-lb. Napoleons (July 1, 1863-December 28, 1864)17

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Huger’s Battalion | First Corps Artillery | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army18

  • Commander: Lieutenant James Woolfolk19
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons: 2 x 20-lb. Parrotts, 2 x 12-lb. Napoleons (July 1, 1863-December 28, 1864)20

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Huger’s Battalion | First Corps Artillery | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army21,22

  • Commander: Lieutenant James Woolfolk (November & December 1864)23,24
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons: 2 x 20-lb. Parrotts, 2 x 12-lb. Napoleons (July 1, 1863-December 28, 1864)25

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

  • Commander: Lieutenant James Woolfolk (January & February 1865)29,30
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: This battery was almost certainly present in February as well.  There is a typo in Sibley’s book which skips the commander of the Brooks VA Artillery and the listing of this battery altogether.

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Huger’s Battalion | First Corps Artillery | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army31,32

  • Commander: None listed. (March – April 2, 1865)33,34
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles35:

  • 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: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 20-21
      2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia 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. 111
      4. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 20-21: Sifakis indicates the batery had this armament from July 1863 to December 28, 1864.  However, while the battery may have had that setup on each of those days, this is no guarantee they maintained the same setup for the entire one and a half years.  More research is needed.
      5. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 111
      6. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 111
      7. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 20-21: Sifakis indicates the batery had this armament from July 1863 to December 28, 1864.  However, while the battery may have had that setup on each of those days, this is no guarantee they maintained the same setup for the entire one and a half years.  More research is needed.
      8. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 120
      9. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 120
      10. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 20-21: Sifakis indicates the batery had this armament from July 1863 to December 28, 1864.  However, while the battery may have had that setup on each of those days, this is no guarantee they maintained the same setup for the entire one and a half years.  More research is needed.
      11. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 129
      12. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 129
      13. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 20-21: Sifakis indicates the batery had this armament from July 1863 to December 28, 1864.  However, while the battery may have had that setup on each of those days, this is no guarantee they maintained the same setup for the entire one and a half years.  More research is needed.
      14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 138
      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. 1311.
      16. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 138
      17. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 20-21: Sifakis indicates the batery had this armament from July 1863 to December 28, 1864.  However, while the battery may have had that setup on each of those days, this is no guarantee they maintained the same setup for the entire one and a half years.  More research is needed.
      18. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 147
      19. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 147
      20. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 20-21: Sifakis indicates the batery had this armament from July 1863 to December 28, 1864.  However, while the battery may have had that setup on each of those days, this is no guarantee they maintained the same setup for the entire one and a half years.  More research is needed.
      21. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 155
      22. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 163
      23. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 155
      24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 163
      25. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 20-21: Sifakis indicates the batery had this armament from July 1863 to December 28, 1864.  However, while the battery may have had that setup on each of those days, this is no guarantee they maintained the same setup for the entire one and a half years.  More research is needed.
      26. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 172
      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 1176: “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 182: Sibley does NOT list the Ashland VA Artillery in February, but this is clealrly a typo given that he indicates he just copied over the January order of battle.
      29. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 172
      30. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 182
      31. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 191
      32. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 201
      33. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 191
      34. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 201
      35. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 20-21

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