Norfolk Harbor Guard and Marine Virginia Artillery (Young’s VA Battery)

   

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Note: This unit was also known as the Norfolk Howitzers. It is an odd unit in that it was officially a cavalry unit, though it served the entire war as a heavy artillery unit, mostly at Chaffin’s Bluff, Virginia, except for a brief stint as infantrymen during the Appomattox Campaign.

Muster In: Organized July 6, 1861 as a Harbor Guard for Norfolk, Va.1
Muster Out: April 9, 18652

Commander(s):
Lieutenant John E. Winder
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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

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Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Chaffin’s Bluff Battalion | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army10

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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles11:

  • 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. Brunswick Rebel, Johnston, Southside, United, James City, Lunenburg Rebel, Pamunkey Heavy Artillery and Young’s Harborguard by Jeffrey C. Weaver, page 100
      2. Brunswick Rebel, Johnston, Southside, United, James City, Lunenburg Rebel, Pamunkey Heavy Artillery and Young’s Harborguard by Jeffrey C. Weaver, page 115
      3. Brunswick Rebel, Johnston, Southside, United, James City, Lunenburg Rebel, Pamunkey Heavy Artillery and Young’s Harborguard by Jeffrey C. Weaver, pages 108-115
      4. Brunswick Rebel, Johnston, Southside, United, James City, Lunenburg Rebel, Pamunkey Heavy Artillery and Young’s Harborguard by Jeffrey C. Weaver, pages 108-115
      5. Brunswick Rebel, Johnston, Southside, United, James City, Lunenburg Rebel, Pamunkey Heavy Artillery and Young’s Harborguard by Jeffrey C. Weaver, pages 108-115
      6. Brunswick Rebel, Johnston, Southside, United, James City, Lunenburg Rebel, Pamunkey Heavy Artillery and Young’s Harborguard by Jeffrey C. Weaver, pages 108-115
      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. Brunswick Rebel, Johnston, Southside, United, James City, Lunenburg Rebel, Pamunkey Heavy Artillery and Young’s Harborguard by Jeffrey C. Weaver, pages 108-115

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