Goochland Virginia Artillery (Guerrant’s VA Battery)

   

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Note: Served as Heavy Artillery in 1864-5.  Served as infantry in the Appomattox Campaign.

Muster In: Organized and mustered into Confederate service in Goochland County on June 6, 1861.1
Muster Out: April 9, 18652

Commander(s):
Lieutenant John Guerrant
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Captain Jonathan Talley
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Commander 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Chaffin’s Bluff | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army3

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant John Guerrant4
    • Captain Jonathan Talley5
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Second Offensive Order of Battle: Chaffin’s Bluff | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army6

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant John Guerrant7
    • Captain Jonathan Talley8
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Third Offensive Order of Battle: Chaffin’s Bluff | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army9

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant John Guerrant 10
    • Captain Jonathan Talley11
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Chaffin’s Bluff | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army12

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant John Guerrant 13
    • Captain Jonathan Talley14
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Chaffin’s Bluff Battalion | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army15,16

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant John Guerrant17
    • Captain Jonathan Talley18
  • Unit Strength: 125 officers and men PFD (October 31?, 1864)19
  • Weapons:

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Chaffin’s Bluff Battalion | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army20

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant John Guerrant21
    • Captain Jonathan Talley22
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Chaffin’s Bluff Battalion | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army23,24

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant John Guerrant (November & December 1864)25,26
    • Captain Jonathan Talley (retired due to disability on December 14, 1864)27
  • Unit Strength: 144 officers and men PFD (December 30, 1864)28
  • Weapons: 4 x heavy guns (December 30, 1864)29

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Chaffin’s Bluff Battalion | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army30,31

  • Commander: Lieutenant John Guerrant (January & February 1865)32,33
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: This unit was temporarily attached to Custis Lee’s Division, starting January 9, in January 1865.34

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Chaffin’s Bluff Battalion | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army35,36

  • Commander: None listed. (March & April 1-2, 1865)37,38
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles39:

  • Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
  • Fort Harrison (September 29-30, 1864)40
  • Chaffin’s Farm (September 29, 1864)41
  • Fort Gilmer (September 29, 1864)42
  • 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. 38
    2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, p. 38
    3. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 117
    4. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 117: Sibley indicates Guerrant’s compiled service record shows him present and commanding the battery in June.  More research is needed.
    5. Weaver, Jeffrey C. Goochland Light, Goochland Turner and Mountain Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1994), pp. 38, 47: Weaver indicates Talley was Captain throughout the Petersburg Campaign until he retired on December 14, 1864.
    6. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 117
    7. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 117: Sibley indicates Guerrant”s compiled service record shows him present and commanding the battery in June.  More research is needed.
    8. Weaver, Jeffrey C. Goochland Light, Goochland Turner and Mountain Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1994), pp. 38, 47: Weaver indicates Talley was Captain throughout the Petersburg Campaign until he retired on December 14, 1864.
    9. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 127
    10. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 127
    11. Weaver, Jeffrey C. Goochland Light, Goochland Turner and Mountain Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1994), pp. 38, 47: Weaver indicates Talley was Captain throughout the Petersburg Campaign until he retired on December 14, 1864.
    12. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 136
    13. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 136
    14. Weaver, Jeffrey C. Goochland Light, Goochland Turner and Mountain Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1994), pp. 38, 47: Weaver indicates Talley was Captain throughout the Petersburg Campaign until he retired on December 14, 1864.
    15. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 145
    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. 1315.
    17. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 145
    18. Weaver, Jeffrey C. Goochland Light, Goochland Turner and Mountain Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1994), pp. 38, 47: Weaver indicates Talley was Captain throughout the Petersburg Campaign until he retired on December 14, 1864.
    19. Weaver, Jeffrey C. Goochland Light, Goochland Turner and Mountain Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1994), p. 47
    20. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 153
    21. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 153
    22. Weaver, Jeffrey C. Goochland Light, Goochland Turner and Mountain Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1994), pp. 38, 47: Weaver indicates Talley was Captain throughout the Petersburg Campaign until he retired on December 14, 1864.
    23. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 161
    24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 170
    25. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 161
    26. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 170
    27. Weaver, Jeffrey C. Goochland Light, Goochland Turner and Mountain Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1994), pp. 38, 47: Weaver indicates Talley was Captain throughout the Petersburg Campaign until he retired on December 14, 1864.
    28. Weaver, Jeffrey C. Goochland Light, Goochland Turner and Mountain Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1994), p. 48
    29. Weaver, Jeffrey C. Goochland Light, Goochland Turner and Mountain Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1994), p. 48: The battalion as a whole had 12 x 10-inch Columbiads, 4 x 8-inch Columbiads, 1 x 20-lb. Parrott, 3 x 64-lb. Rifles, 2 x 10-inch Seacoast Mortars, and 1 x 5.82-inch Rifled Columbiad.
    30. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 179
    31. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 188
    32. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 179
    33. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 188
    34. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 178
    35. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 197
    36. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 206
    37. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 197
    38. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 206
    39. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, p. 38
    40. Weaver, Jeffrey C. Goochland Light, Goochland Turner and Mountain Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1994), pp. 45-46
    41. Weaver, Jeffrey C. Goochland Light, Goochland Turner and Mountain Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1994), pp. 45-46
    42. Weaver, Jeffrey C. Goochland Light, Goochland Turner and Mountain Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1994), pp. 45-46

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