Danville Ringgold Virginia Artillery (Dickenson’s VA Battery)

   

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Muster In: Organized February 15, 18621
Muster Out: April 9, 18652

Commander(s):
Captain Crispin Dickenson
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Commander 2
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Commander 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle: 13th Virginia Artillery Battalion | First Corps Artillery | First Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army3

  • Commander:
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons: 3 x 12-lb. Napoleons, 1 x 3-inch Rifle (April 14, 1864)4

Second Offensive Order of Battle: 13th Virginia Artillery Battalion | First Corps Artillery | First Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army5

  • Commander:
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Third Offensive Order of Battle: 13th Virginia Artillery Battalion | First Corps Artillery | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army6

  • Commander: Captain Crispin Dickenson7
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: A temporary mortar battery during the Battle of the Crater consisted of men from Cos. A and B, 13th VA Arty Bn. and was commanded by Lieutenant John B. Langhorne.8

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: 13th Virginia Artillery Battalion | First Corps Artillery | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army9

  • Commander: Captain Crispin Dickenson10
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: A temporary mortar battery of five mortars consisted of men from Cos. A, B, and C, 13th VA Arty Bn. and was commanded by Lieutenant John B. Langhorne during this time.11

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: 13th Virginia Artillery Battalion | First Corps Artillery | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army12,13

  • Commander: Captain Crispin Dickenson14
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: A temporary mortar battery consisted of men from Cos. A, B, and C, 13th VA Arty Bn. and was commanded by Lieutenant John B. Langhorne during this time.15
  • Note: This battery’s battalion was stationed at Petersburg throughout the Fifth Offensive.16

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: 13th Virginia Artillery Battalion | First Corps Artillery | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army17

  • Commander: Captain Crispin Dickenson18
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: A temporary mortar battery consisted of men from Cos. A, B, and C, 13th VA Arty Bn. and was commanded by Lieutenant John B. Langhorne during this time.19

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle:

13th Virginia Artillery Battalion | First Corps Artillery | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army (November 1-3, 1864)20

13th Virginia Artillery Battalion | Fourth Corps Artillery | Fourth Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army (November 3-16, 1864)21

13th Virginia Artillery Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army (November 16-30, 1864)(December 1864)22,23

  • Commander: Captain Crispin Dickenson (November & December 1864)24,25
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons: 4 x 12-lb. Napoleons (December 28, 1864)26

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: 13th Virginia Artillery Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army27,28,29

  • Commander: Captain Crispin Dickenson (January & February 1865)30,31
  • Unit Strength: 102 officers and men PFD (January 31, 1865)32
  • Weapons: 4 guns (January 31, 1865)33
  • Note: Converted to heavy artillery in early 1865.34

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle:

13th Virginia Artillery Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army (March 1-25, 1865)35

King’s Battalion | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army (Light Guns Taken and Manning Heavy Artillery)(March 25 to April 2, 1865)36

? (April 1-2, 1865)

  • Commander:
    • Captain Crispin Dickenson (also commanded King’s Battalion in late March)(March 1865)37
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      ? (while Dickenson commanded King’s Battalion)

  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: On March 25, 1865, the 13th VA Heavy Artillery Battalion was broken up.  Company B had its light field pieces taken away and was sent to man heavy artillery with King’s Battalion. It appears this battery continued serving as stationary artillery until the end of the Siege of Petersburg. Served as infantry during the Appomattox Campaign. Guns turned over on March 25, 1865. 3839,40

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles41:

  • Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
  • Battle of the Crater (July 30, 1864)42
  • Stony Creek Raid (December 7-12, 1864)43
  • Hatcher’s Run (February 5, 1865)44
  • 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. 31-32
    2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 7-8
    3. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 111
    4.  Cavanaugh, Michael A. The Otey, Ringgold and Davidson Virginia Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1993), p. 46
    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., page 120
    7. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 120
    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 130
    10. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 130
    11.  Cavanaugh, Michael A. The Otey, Ringgold and Davidson Virginia Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1993), p. 63
    12. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 138
    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. 1311.
    14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 138
    15.  Cavanaugh, Michael A. The Otey, Ringgold and Davidson Virginia Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1993), p. 64
    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. 1311.
    17. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 148
    18. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 148
    19.  Cavanaugh, Michael A. The Otey, Ringgold and Davidson Virginia Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1993), p. 64
    20. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 156
    21. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 156
    22. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 158
    23. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 166
    24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 156
    25. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 166
    26. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 7-8
    27. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 175
    28. 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.
    29. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 185
    30. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 175
    31. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 185
    32.  Cavanaugh, Michael A. The Otey, Ringgold and Davidson Virginia Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1993), p. 66
    33.  Cavanaugh, Michael A. The Otey, Ringgold and Davidson Virginia Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1993), p. 66
    34. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 7-8: When?  More research is needed.
    35. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 194
    36. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., pages 197, 401
    37. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., pages 194, 197
    38. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., pages 197, 207, 401
    39. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 6-7
    40.  Cavanaugh, Michael A. The Otey, Ringgold and Davidson Virginia Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1993), p. 67
    41. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 7-8
    42.  Cavanaugh, Michael A. The Otey, Ringgold and Davidson Virginia Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1993), p. 59
    43.  Cavanaugh, Michael A. The Otey, Ringgold and Davidson Virginia Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1993), p. 65
    44.  Cavanaugh, Michael A. The Otey, Ringgold and Davidson Virginia Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1993), p. 66

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