Richmond Letcher Virginia Artillery (Brander’s VA Battery)

   

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Muster In: Organized on February 17, 1862.1
Muster Out: April 9, 18652

Commander(s):
Major Thomas A. Brander
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Captain James E. Tyler
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Commander 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Pegram’s Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army3

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

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

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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Pegram’s Artillery Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army6

  • Commander: Captain Thomas A. Brander7
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Pegram’s Artillery Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army8,9

  • Commander: Captain Thomas A. Brander10
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Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Pegram’s Artillery Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army11

  • Commander: Captain Thomas A. Brander12
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Pegram’s Artillery Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army13,14

  • Commander: Captain Thomas A. Brander (November & December 1864)15,16
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  • Weapons: 4 x 12-lb. Napoleons (December 28, 1864)17

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Pegram’s Artillery Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army18,19,20

  • Commander: None listed. (January & February 1865)21,22
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Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Pegram’s Artillery Battalion | Third Corps Artillery | Third Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army23,24

  • Commander:
    • Captain (Major) Thomas A. Brander (March 1865)25
    • Lieutenant (Captain) James E. Tyler (March 1865)26
    • None listed. (April 1-2, 1865)27
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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles28:

  • Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
  • Reams’ Station (June 29, 1864)
  • The Crater (July 30, 1864)
  • Weldon Railroad (August 18-21, 1864)
  • Reams’ Station (August 25, 1864)
  • Squirrel Level Road (September 30, 1864)
  • Jones’ Farm (September 30, 1864)
  • Pegram’s Farm (October 1, 1864)
  • Squirrel Level Road (October 8, 1864)
  • Burgess’ Mill (October 27, 1864)
  • Hatcher’s Run (February 5-7, 1865)
  • Fort Stedman (March 25, 1865)
  • Five Forks (April 1, 1865)
  • Petersburg Final Assault (April 2, 1865)
  • Appomattox Station (April 8, 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. 76-78
      2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 76-78
      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 Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 131
      7. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 131
      8. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 140
      9. 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.
      10. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 140
      11. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 149
      12. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 149
      13. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 157
      14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 166
      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. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 76-78
      18. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 175
      19. 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.
      20. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 185
      21. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 175
      22. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 185
      23. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 194
      24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 204
      25. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 194
      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. 76-78

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