Chesterfield Johnston Virginia Artillery (Epes’ VA Battery)

   

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Note: This battery manned Battery Dantzler at Drewry’s Bluff for some period of time during the Siege of Petersburg, and possibly during the entire Siege of Petersburg.  More research is necessary.

Muster In: Organized on September 2, 1861.1
Muster Out: April 9, 18652

Commander(s):
Captain Branch J. Epes
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Commander 2
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Commander 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Drewry’s Bluff (Smith’s Artillery Battalion) | First Military District | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army3

  • Commander: Captain Branch J. Epes (?)4
  • Unit Strength:
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Second Offensive Order of Battle: Drewry’s Bluff (Smith’s Artillery Battalion) | First Military District | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army5

  • Commander: Captain Branch J. Epes6
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Third Offensive Order of Battle: Drewry’s Bluff | First Military District | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army7

  • Commander:
    • Captain Branch J. Epes (in the hospital at least July 18, 1864)8
    • Lieutenant Joseph P. Gilliam 9
  • Unit Strength:
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Drewry’s Bluff | First Military District | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army10

  • Commander: Captain Branch J. Epes11
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Smith’s Artillery Battalion | First Military District | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army12,13

  • Commander: Captain Branch J. Epes14
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Smith’s Artillery Battalion | First Military District | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army15

  • Commander: Captain Branch J. Epes16
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Smith’s Artillery Battalion | First Military District | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army17,18

  • Commander: Captain Branch J. Epes (November & December 1864)19,20
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: This battery was serving the guns at Battery Dantzler in December 1864.21

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Smith’s Artillery Battalion | First Military District | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army22,23

  • Commander:
    • Captain Branch J. Epes (January 1865)24
    • None listed. (February 1865)25
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: This battery was serving the guns at Battery Dantzler in January and February 1865.26,27

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Smith’s Artillery Battalion | First Military District | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army28,29

  • Commander: None listed. (March & April 1-2, 1865)30,31
  • Unit Strength:
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  • Note: This battery was serving the guns at Battery Dantzler in March and April 1-2, 1865.32,33

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: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 29-30
      2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 29-30
      3. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 116
      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. 116
      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 125
      10. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 135
      11. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 135
      12. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 143
      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 143
      15. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 152
      16. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 152
      17. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 160
      18. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 169
      19. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 160
      20. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 169
      21. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 169
      22. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 178
      23. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 189
      24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 178
      25. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 189
      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 189
      28. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 198
      29. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 208
      30. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 198
      31. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 208
      32. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 198
      33. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 208
      34. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 29-30

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