James City Virginia Artillery (Davis’ VA Battery)

   

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Note: Served as Heavy Artillery in 1864-65.

Muster In: Organized by the conversion of Company H, 32nd Virginia to artillery service circa September 1861.1
Muster Out: April 9, 18652

Commander(s):
Lieutenant Lemuel T. Davis
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Chaffin’s Bluff | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army3

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Second Offensive Order of Battle: Chaffin’s Bluff | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army4

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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Chaffin’s Bluff | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army5

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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Chaffin’s Bluff | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army6

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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Chaffin’s Bluff Battalion | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army7,8

  • Commander: Lieutenant Lemuel T. Davis9
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Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Chaffin’s Bluff Battalion | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army10

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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Chaffin’s Bluff Battalion | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army11,12

  • Commander:
    • None listed. (November 1864)13
    • Lt. Lemuel T. Davis (December 1864)14
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  • Weapons: 3 x “heavy guns” (December 30, 1864)15

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Chaffin’s Bluff Battalion | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army16,17

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant Lemuel T. Davis (January 1865)18
    • None listed. (February 1865)19
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Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Chaffin’s Bluff Battalion | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army20

  • Commander: None listed. (March & April 1-2, 1865)21,22
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  • Note: Appears to have been operating with Gary’s Cavalry Brigade in early April 1865 but was probably still considered part of the Chaffin’s Bluff Battalion.  More research is needed.23

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles24:

  • Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
  • Fort Harrison (September 29, 1864)
  • Chaffin’s Farm (September 29, 1864)
  • Fort Gilmer (September 29-30, 1864)
  • 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, pp. 42-43
    2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 42-43
    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
    5. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 127
    6. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 136
    7. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 145
    8. 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.
    9. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 145
    10. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 153
    11. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 161
    12. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 170
    13. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 161
    14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 170
    15. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 42-43: Specific gun tube types are not listed.  More research is needed.
    16. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 179
    17. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 188
    18. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 179
    19. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 188
    20. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 197
    21. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 197
    22. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 196
    23. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 406
    24. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 42-43

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