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Muster In: March 18, 18641
Muster Out: April 9, 18652

Commander(s):
Colonel Alexander C. Haskell
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Lieutenant Colonel Isaac G. McKissick
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Major Edward M. Boykin
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Gary’s Cavalry Brigade | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army 3

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Second Offensive Order of Battle: Gary’s Cavalry Brigade | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army 4

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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Gary’s Cavalry Brigade | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army5

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant Colonel Isaac G. McKissick (went on leave July 19, 1864) 6
    • ? (July 19-July 31, 1864)7
    • Colonel Alexander C. Haskell (July 31, 1864)8
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Gary’s Cavalry Brigade | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army9

  • Commander: Colonel Alexander C. Haskell10
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Gary’s Cavalry Brigade | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army11,12

  • Commander:
    • Colonel Alexander C. Haskell (at least September 29 & October 13, 1864)(wounded October 13, 1864)13,14
    • Major Edward M. Boykin (at various times and after Haskell’s wounding?)15,16
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Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Gary’s Cavalry Brigade | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army17

  • Commander: Major Edward M. Boykin18
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Gary’s Cavalry Brigade | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army19,20

  • Commander:
    • None listed. (November 1864)21
    • Major Edward M. Boykin (December 1864)22
    • ? (while Boykin was temporarily in command of the brigade in December)(December 1864)23
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Eighth Offensive Order of Battle:

Gary’s Cavalry Brigade | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army (January 1-at least 21, 1865)24

Gary’s Cavalry Brigade | Fitzhugh Lee’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army (January ?-31, 1865)25,26,27,28

  • Commander:
    • Major Edward M. Boykin (took a leave of absence starting January 22)(January 1865)29
    • Colonel Alexander C. Haskell (was in brigade command for at least part of February)(January & February 1865)30,31
    • ? (while Haskell commanded the brigade)(February 1865)32
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  • Note: At some point in January 1865, almost certainly after the January 20 return was compiled, Gary’s Cavalry Brigade moved from the Department of Richmond to Fitzhugh Lee’s Cavalry Brigade, Cavalry Corps, Army of Northern Virginia.  I do not know the exact date.  More research is needed.

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Gary’s Cavalry Brigade | Fitzhugh Lee’s Division | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army33,34

  • Commander: Colonel Alexander C. Haskell (March & April 1-2, 1865)35,36
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Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Coming Soon!

Bibliography:

Petersburg Campaign Documents Which Mention This Unit:

Sources:

  1. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: South Carolina and Georgia by Stewart Sifakis, pages 46 & 49
  2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: South Carolina and Georgia by Stewart Sifakis, pages 46 & 49
  3. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 117
  4.  The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 117
  5. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 126
  6. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 126
  7. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 126
  8. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 126
  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 135
  11. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 143
  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. Field, Ron. Combat 2: Union Infantrymen Versus Confederate Infantrymen: Eastern Theater 1861-65 (Osprey: 2013), p. 61
  14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 152
  15. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 143
  16. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 152
  17. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 152
  18. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 152
  19. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 160
  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 160
  22. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 169
  23. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 169
  24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 178
  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 1175: “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.
  27. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 187
  28. 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.
  29. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 176
  30. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 176
  31. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 187
  32. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 187
  33. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 196
  34. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 205
  35. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 196
  36. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 205

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