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Muster In: Organized as 8th Alabama Battalion on December 2, 1861.  Companies added and subtracted and unit redesignated 5th Alabama Battalion on October 22, 1862.1
Muster Out: April 9, 18652

Commander(s):
Albert S. Van de Graaff
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Captain Wade Ritter
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army3

  • Commander: Major Albert S. Van de Graaff4
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Second Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army5

  • Commander: Major Albert S. Van de Graaff6
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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army7

  • Commander: Major Albert S. Van de Graaff8
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army9

  • Commander: Major Albert S. Van de Graaff10
  • Unit Strength: 165 PFD (August 31, 1864)11
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army12

  • Commander: Major Albert S. Van de Graaff13
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Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army14

  • Commander:
    • Major Albert S. Van de Graaff (October 14-28, 1864)15
    • ? (October 28-31, 1864)
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army16,17

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Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army18,19

  • Commander:
    • Captain Wade Ritter (January 1865)20,21
    • None listed. (February 1865)22
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Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army23,24

  • Commander: Captain Wade Ritter25
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Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Petersburg Campaign Battles26:

  • Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
  • Appomattox Court House (April 9, 1865)

Bibliography:

    Petersburg Campaign Documents Which Mention This Unit:

    Sources:

    1. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Alabama by Stewart Sifakis, pages 61-62
    2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Alabama by Stewart Sifakis, pages 61-62
    3. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 111
    4. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Alabama: Field and Staff Muster Roll for April 30 to June 30, 1864, Field and Staff Muster Roll for August 31 to October 31, 1864
    5. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 111
    6. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Alabama, National Archives,  Roll 154 (Albert S. Van de Graaff, 5th AL Bn): Field and Staff Muster Roll for April 30 to June 30, 1864, Field and Staff Muster Roll for August 31 to October 31, 1864
    7. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 119
    8. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 119
    9. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 128
    10. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 128
    11. Radley, Kenneth. Rebel Watchdog: The Confederate States Army Provost Guard (Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1989). p. 291.: 14 officers and 151 men present for duty = 165.  Hat tip to regimental historian George McCluskey for providing me with this source.
    12. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 137
    13. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 137
    14. Unit Strength: 159 PFD (September 10, 1864)[54. Radley, Kenneth. Rebel Watchdog: The Confederate States Army Provost Guard (Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1989). p. 291.: 14 officers and 145 men present for duty = 159.  Hat tip to regimental historian George McCluskey for providing me with this source.
    15. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 146
    16. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 146: Van de Graaff went on leave on October 28, 1864.
    17. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 154
    18. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 162
    19. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 171
    20. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 181
    21. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 171
    22. Fulton, William Frierson II. The War Reminiscences of William Frierson Fulton I, 5th Alabama Battalion, Archer’s Brigade, A.P. Hill’s Light Division, A.N.V.  (Gaithersburg, MD: Butternut and Blue, 1986). p. unknown.  Hat tip to regimental historian George McCluskey, who provided me with the information from Frierson’s book that Captain Ritter took command in January 1865 and commanded the battalion to the end of the war.
    23. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 181
    24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 190
    25. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 200
    26. Fulton, William Frierson II. The War Reminiscences of William Frierson Fulton I, 5th Alabama Battalion, Archer’s Brigade, A.P. Hill’s Light Division, A.N.V.  (Gaithersburg, MD: Butternut and Blue, 1986). p. unknown.  Hat tip to regimental historian George McCluskey, who provided me with the information from Frierson’s book that Captain Ritter took command in January 1865 and commanded the battalion to the end of the war.
    27. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Alabama by Stewart Sifakis, pages 61-62

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