Pittsylvania Virginia Artillery (Penick’s VA Battery)

   

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Muster In: Organized on April 3, 1862.1
Muster Out: April 9, 18652

Commander(s):
Captain Nathan Penick
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Richardson’s Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army3

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Second Offensive Order of Battle: Richardson’s Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army4

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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Richardson’s Artillery Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army5

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  • Note: On at least July 26, 1864, the Pittsylvania VA Artillery was attached to Poague’s Artillery Battalion.6

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Richardson’s Artillery Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army7

  • Commander: Captain Nathan Penick8
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Richardson’s Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army9,10

  • Commander:
    • Captain Nathan Penick (went on leave September 23, 1864)11
    • ? (September 23-30, 1864)12
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Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Richardson’s Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army13

  • Commander: Captain Nathan Penick14
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Poague’s Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army15,16

  • Commander: Captain Nathan Penick (November & December 1864)17,18
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  • Weapons: 2 x 3-inch Rifles, 2 x 10-lb. Parrotts (December 28, 1864)19
  • Note: At some point after October 31 this battery moved from Richardson’s to Poague’s Battalion.  More research is needed to find the exact date.

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Poague’s Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army20,21

  • Commander: Captain Nathan Penick (January & February 1865)22,23
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Ninth Offensive Order of Battle:

Richardson’s Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army (Sibley lists the battery here for March. I think it was probably still with Poague, where it was located in February and April.  More research needed)24

Poague’s Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army (at least April 1)25

  • Commander:
    • None listed. (March 1865)26
    • Captain Captain Nathan Penick (April 1-2, 1865)25
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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles28:

  • Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 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. 63-64
      2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 63-64
      3. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 113
      4. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 113
      5. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 122
      6. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), page 759
      7. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 132
      8. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 132
      9. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 140: Sibley indicates the battery was a part of Poague’s Battalion, but this appears to have been a temporary attachment, per Richard Sommers’ doctoral thesis.
      10. 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. 1313.
      11. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 140
      12. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 140
      13. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 149
      14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 149
      15. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 157
      16. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 166
      17. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 157
      18. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 166
      19. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 63-64
      20. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 175
      21. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 185
      22. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 175
      23. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 185
      24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 194
      25. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 204
      26. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 194
      27. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 204
      28. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 63-64

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