Surry Virginia Artillery (Hankins’ VA Battery)

   

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Muster In: Organized by the conversion of 1st Company I, 3rd Virginia, to artillery service in the spring of 1862.1
Muster Out: April 9, 18652

Commander(s):
Captain James D. Hankins
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Lieutenant William R. Barham
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Lightfoot’s Artillery Battalion | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army3

  • Commander: Captain James D. Hankins4
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Second Offensive Order of Battle: Lightfoot’s Artillery Battalion | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army5

  • Commander: Captain James D. Hankins6
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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Lightfoot’s Artillery Battalion | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army7

  • Commander: Captain James D. Hankins 8
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Lightfoot’s Artillery Battalion | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army9

  • Commander: Captain James D. Hankins10
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Lightfoot’s Artillery Battalion | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army11,12

  • Commander: Captain James D. Hankins13
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Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Lightfoot’s Artillery Battalion | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army14

  • Commander: Lieutenant William R. Barham15
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle:

Lightfoot’s Artillery Battalion | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army (November 1864)16

Gary’s Cavalry Brigade | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army (December 1864)17

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant William R. Barham (took a leave of absence starting on December 23)(November & December 1864)18,19
    • ? (while Lt. Barham was out on a leave of absence in late December) 20
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  • Note: This unit was probably just serving with Gary’s Cavalry Brigade in December and still belonged to Lightfoot’s Artillery Battalion.  More research is needed.

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Lightfoot’s Artillery Battalion | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army (need sources)

  • Commander:
    • ? (before Barham returned to duty)(January 1865)21
    • Lieutenant William R. Barham (returned to duty in early January 1865)(January 1865)22
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  • Note: The Surry VA Artillery is no longer listed in F. Ray Sibley’s order of battle book starting in February 1865.  However, the Official Records still has the Surry Light Artillery present in Lightfoot’s Battalion until the end of the war. I have chosen to keep Surry in Lightfoot’s Battalion as a result.  More research is needed.
  • Note: An inspection report for March 1, 1865 has the Surry Light Artillery operating with Gary’s Cavalry Brigade of Fitz Lee’s Division.  Could it have been permanently detached there?23

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Lightfoot’s Artillery Battalion | Artillery Defenses | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army (need sources)

  • Commander: Lieutenant William R. Barham (March 1865)24
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  • Note: Appears to have been attached to Gary’s Cavalry Brigade in March 1865. Sibely does not list this unit anywhere else in the order of battle.  I assumed they were still with Lightfoot’s Batalion in the Department of Richmond.  More research is needed.25

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles26:

  • 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. 94-95
      2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 94-95
      3. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 117
      4. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 671
      5. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 117
      6. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 671
      7. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 127
      8. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 127
      9. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 136
      10. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 136
      11. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 144
      12. 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.
      13. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 144
      14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 153
      15. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 153
      16. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 161
      17. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 169
      18. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 161
      19. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 169
      20. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 169
      21. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 178
      22. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 178
      23. 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 1274: “Organization of the Infantry and Cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia, General R. E. Lee, C. S. Army, commanding, February 28, 1865”; This order of battle was based off of inspection reports from February 28, 1865.  However, leaders listed are from January.  I’ve chosen to ignore the leaders and just use this source for the organization of the order of battle.
      24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 196
      25. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 196
      26. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 94-95

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