Lynchburg Virginia Artillery (Davidson’s VA Battery)

   

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Muster In: Late 18631
Muster Out: April 9, 18652

Commander(s):
Captain John H. Chamberlayne
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Captain A. F. Bagby (of the 34th VA Infantry)
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Lieutenant James C. Otey
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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: 2 x 12-lb. Napoleons, 2 x Bronze 6-lb. guns (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:
    • Lieutenant John H. Chamberlayne (after the Crater, probably officially in late July but in practice only in early August)7,8
    • Lieutenant James C. Otey (“fled in terror”)9
    • Captain A. F. Bagby (of Co. K, 34th VA Infantry)(July 30, 1864)(temporary command on battlefield only)10
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: 13th Virginia Artillery Battalion | First Corps Artillery | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army11

  • Commander: Lieutenant (Captain) John H. Chamberlayne (promoted to Captain on August 10, 1864)12
  • 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.13

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: 13th Virginia Artillery Battalion | First Corps Artillery | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army14

  • Commander: Captain John H. Chamberlayne15
  • 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.16
  • Note: This battery’s battalion was stationed at Petersburg throughout the Fifth Offensive.17

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: 13th Virginia Artillery Battalion | First Corps Artillery | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army18

  • Commander: Captain John H. Chamberlayne19
  • 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.20

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle:

13th Virginia Artillery Battalion | First Corps Artillery | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army (November 1-3, 1864)21

13th Virginia Artillery Battalion | Fourth Corps Artillery | Fourth Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army (November 3-16, 1864)22

13th Virginia Artillery Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army (November 16-30, 1864)(December 1864)23,24

  • Commander: Captain John H. Chamberlayne (November & December 1864)25,26
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

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

  • Commander: Captain John H. Chamberlayne (January & February 1865)30,31
  • Unit Strength: 84 officers and men PFD (January 31, 1865)32
  • Weapons: 4 guns (January 31, 1865)33

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle:

13th Virginia Artillery Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army (March 1-20 (25?), 1865) (need source)

McIntosh’s Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army (March 20 (25?)-March 31, 1865)34

12th VA (Boggs’) Artillery Battalion | Artillery | Fourth Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army (April 1-2, 1865)35

  • Commander: None listed. (March & April 1-2, 1865)36,37
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: On March 20 (or 25), 1865, this battery was assigned to McIntosh’s Battalion.  The 13th Virginia Heavy Artillery Battalion was broken up on March 25.38,39
  • Note: In April, Sibley shows this unit attached to the 12th Virginia Artillery Battalion with no further explanation. More research is needed on this battery and the 12th Virginia Artillery Battalion for the period of February-April 1865.40

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
  • Third Battle of Petersburg (April 2, 1865)45
  • 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. 8
    2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, p. 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.  Cavanaugh, Michael A. The Otey, Ringgold and Davidson Virginia Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1993), p. 61
    9.  Cavanaugh, Michael A. The Otey, Ringgold and Davidson Virginia Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1993), p. 59
    10. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 120
    11. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 130
    12. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 130
    13.  Cavanaugh, Michael A. The Otey, Ringgold and Davidson Virginia Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1993), p. 63
    14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 138
    15. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 138
    16.  Cavanaugh, Michael A. The Otey, Ringgold and Davidson Virginia Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1993), p. 64
    17. 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.
    18. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 148
    19. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 148
    20.  Cavanaugh, Michael A. The Otey, Ringgold and Davidson Virginia Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1993), p. 64
    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 156
    23. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 158
    24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 166
    25. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 156
    26. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 166
    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. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 194
    35. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 205
    36. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 194
    37. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 205
    38. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 194
    39.  Cavanaugh, Michael A. The Otey, Ringgold and Davidson Virginia Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1993), p. 67
    40. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 205
    41. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, p. 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
    45.  Cavanaugh, Michael A. The Otey, Ringgold and Davidson Virginia Artillery (H.E. Howard: 1993), p. 68

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