Phillips’ Georgia Legion Cavalry

   

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Muster In: Organized on July 1, 1861.1
Muster Out: April 26, 18652

Commander(s):
Lieutenant Colonel William W. Rich
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Major William B. C. Puckett
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Captain Thomas G. Wilkes
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Commander 4
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Young’s Brigade | Hampton’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army3

  • Commander:
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: The 4th (Love’s) Alabama Cavalry Battalion was attached to the Phillips Georgia Legion Cavalry at this time.

Second Offensive Order of Battle: Young’s Brigade | Hampton’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army4

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel William W. Rich5
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: The 4th (Love’s) Alabama Cavalry Battalion was attached to the Phillips Georgia Legion Cavalry at this time.

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

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel William W. Rich 7
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: The 4th (Love’s) Alabama Cavalry Battalion was attached to the Phillips Georgia Legion Cavalry at this time.

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Young’s Brigade | Butler’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army8

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel William W. Rich9
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: The 4th (Love’s) Alabama Cavalry Battalion was attached to the Phillips Georgia Legion Cavalry at this time

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Young’s Brigade | Butler’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army10,11

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant Colonel William W. Rich (went on leave October 3, 1864)12,13
    • Major William B. C. Puckett14
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: Love’s 4th Alabama Cavalry Battalion was attached to the Phillips Georgia Legion Cavalry at this time.15

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Young’s Brigade | Butler’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army16

  • Commander: Major William B. C. Puckett17
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: Love’s 4th Alabama Cavalry Battalion was attached to the Phillips Georgia Legion Cavalry at this time. (Need source.  Is this still true?)

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Young’s Brigade | Butler’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army18,19

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant Colonel William W. Rich (November 1864)20
    • Captain Thomas G. Wilkes (December 1864)21
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: Love’s 4th Alabama Cavalry Battalion was attached to the Phillips Georgia Legion Cavalry at this time. (Need source.  Is this still true?)

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Young’s Brigade | Butler’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army22

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel William W. Rich (Rich retired January 27)(January 1865)23
    ? (when Rich retired)24
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: Love’s 4th Alabama Cavalry Battalion was attached to the Phillips Georgia Legion Cavalry at this time. (Need source.  Is this still true?)
  • Note: Butler’s Division was ordered to South Carolina on January 19, 1865.25

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Commander:
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

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

  • 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. 167-168
    2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: South Carolina and Georgia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 167-168
    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., p. 113
    6. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 123
    7. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 123
    8. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 135: Note, Sibley has this unit assigned to Gary’s Cavalry Brigade in the Department of Richmond, but those orders were never carried out.  Sibley is incorrect here.
    9. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 135
    10. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 143: Sibley incorrectly lists this unit with Gary’s Cavalry Brigade in the Department of Richmond.
    11. 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.
    12. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 143: Sibley incorrectly lists this unit with Gary’s Cavalry Brigade in the Department of Richmond.
    13. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 152: When did he return?  More research is needed.
    14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 150, 152
    15. 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.
    16. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 150
    17. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 150, 152
    18. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 159
    19. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 168
    20. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 159
    21. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 168
    22. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 177
    23. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 177
    24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 177
    25. 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
    26. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: South Carolina and Georgia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 167-168

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