Cobb’s Georgia Legion Cavalry

   

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Muster In: Organized in August 1861.1
Muster Out: April 26, 18652

Note: Cobb’s Georgia Legion was redesignated as the 9th Georgia Cavalry per Special Orders #161, issued on July 11, 1864.  However, it is unclear when or if this name took hold.  More research is necessary.3,4

Commander(s):
Colonel Gilbert J. Wright
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Lieutenant Colonel Barrington S. King
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Captain John H. Burr
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Lieutenant Jefferson Bassett
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Commander 5
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Young’s Brigade | Hampton’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army5

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Second Offensive Order of Battle: Young’s Brigade | Hampton’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army6

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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Young’s Brigade | Hampton’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army7

  • Commander:
    • Colonel Gilbert J. Wright8
    • ? (when Wright was in Brigade command)9
  • Unit Strength: >313 officers and men PFD (July 20, 1864)10
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Young’s Brigade | Butler’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army11

  • Commander:
    • Colonel Gilbert J. Wright (at least August 26, 1864)12,13
    • ? (when Wright was in Brigade command)14
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Young’s Brigade | Butler’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army15,16

  • Commander:
    • Colonel Gilbert J. Wright (at least September 29, 1864)17
    • Captain John H. Burr (at least September 30, 1864)18
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Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Young’s Brigade | Butler’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army19

  • Commander: Colonel Gilbert J. Wright20
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Young’s Brigade | Butler’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army21,22

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant Colonel Barrington S. King (November 1864)23
    • Lieutenant Jefferson Bassett (December 1864)24
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Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Young’s Brigade | Butler’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army25

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  • Note: Butler’s Division was ordered to South Carolina on January 19, 1865.26

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle:

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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles27:

  • Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
  • Williamsburg Road (October 27, 1864)

Bibliography:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

    Sources:

    1. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: South Carolina and Georgia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 165-167
    2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: South Carolina and Georgia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 165-167
    3. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 3 (Serial Number 82), page 763
    4. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 82), pages 1170-1171
    5. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 113
    6. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 113
    7. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 122
    8. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 122
    9. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 122
    10. Letter from Cobb’s Legion of Cavalry.” Augusta Daily Constitutionalist. July 30, 1864, p. ? col. ?: “In my own regiment the loss has been heavy in proportion to the numbers engaged; as we had less than 250 effective men when the campaign opened…The total loss in the Legion has been 48 men; but we have now a larger effective force than at any time during the past two years, having received several new recruits in the past three weeks.”  “J.F.T.”, the author of the previous quote, mentions that the Cobb Legion Cavalry has more effectives on July 20, 1864 than the 250 they had at the start of the campaign.  Using Steven Newton’s formula to convert cavalry effectives into officers and men PFD (cavalry: (effectives/.85) * 1.065 = PFD), we get (250/.85) * 1.065= at least 313 officers and men present for duty.  As a result, the unit had at least 313 officers and men PFD on July 20, 1864.
    11. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 132
    12. Letter from Cobb’s Legion.” Augusta Daily Constitutionalist. August 31, 1864, p. ? col. ?: “Col. G. Wright, of Albany, Ga., is now in command.  Though never having received a military education, he has evidenced such a proficiency as an officer, that he has already risen from a 1st Lieutenant to that of a full Colonel.”
    13. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 132
    14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 132
    15. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 140
    16. 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. 1310.
    17. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 140
    18. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 140
    19. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 150
    20. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 150
    21. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 159
    22. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 168
    23. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 159
    24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 168
    25. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 177
    26. 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 1101
    27. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: South Carolina and Georgia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 165-167

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