39th Virginia Battalion Cavalry

   

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Muster In: Organized with four companies on September 24, 1864.  First known as the 13th Cavalry Battalion.1
Muster Out: April 9, 18652

Commander(s):
Major John H. Richardson
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Commander 2
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Commander 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not yet in existence.3

Second Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not yet in existence.4

Third Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not yet in existence.5

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not yet in existence.6

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army7,8

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Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army (Need source)

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  • Note: Some online sources indicate the 39th Virginia Cavalry Battalion was present with Lee from Fredericksburg on.  However, Sibley only lists the unit in the Fifth Offensive, again dropping it in the Sixth Offensive.  More research is needed, and I need sources, but I’m almost positive this unit was present throughout the Siege of Petersburg.

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army9,10

  • Commander: Major John H. Richardson11,12
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  • Note: Some online sources indicate the 39th Virginia Cavalry Battalion was present with Lee from Fredericksburg on.  However, Sibley lists the unit in the Fifth Offensive, again dropping it in the Sixth Offensive, and again listing it in the Seventh Offensive.  More research is needed, and I need sources, but I’m almost positive this unit was present throughout the Siege of Petersburg.

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army (Need source)

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  • Note: Some online sources indicate the 39th Virginia Cavalry Battalion was present with Lee from Fredericksburg on.  However, Sibley lists the unit in the Fifth Offensive, again dropping it in the Sixth Offensive, and again listing it in the Seventh Offensive.  More research is needed, and I need sources, but I’m almost positive this unit was present throughout the Siege of Petersburg.

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army (Need source)

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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles13:

  • Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)

Bibliography:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

      Sources:

      1. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, p. 142
      2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, p. 142
      3. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, p. 142
      4. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, p. 142
      5. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, p. 142
      6. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, p. 142
      7. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 137
      8. 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.
      9. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 154
      10. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 162
      11. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 154
      12. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 162
      13. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, p. 142

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