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Muster In: Organized on July 19, 1861. Mustered in on July 19 and 26, 1861.1
Muster Out: April 9, 18652

Commander(s):
Colonel James Aiken
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Commander 2
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Commander 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Archer’s Brigade | Heth’s Division | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army3

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Second Offensive Order of Battle: Archer’s Brigade | Heth’s Division | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army4

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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Archer’s Brigade | Heth’s Division | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army5

  • Commander: (Lieutenant?) Colonel James Aiken6
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Archer’s Brigade | Heth’s Division | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army7

  • Commander: (Lieutenant?) Colonel James Aiken (at least August 15, 1864)8,9
  • Unit Strength:
    • 158 officers and men PFD (August 15, 1864)10
  • Weapons: Springfield and/or Enfield Rifles11

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Archer’s Brigade | Heth’s Division | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army12,13

  • Commander: Colonel James Aiken14
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Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Archer’s Brigade | Heth’s Division | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army15

  • Commander: Colonel James Aiken16
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Archer’s Brigade | Heth’s Division | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army17,18

  • Commander: Colonel James Aiken (November & December 1864)19,20
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Eighth Offensive Order of Battle:

McComb’s Brigade | Heth’s Division | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army (January 1-9, 1865)21,22

Forney’s Brigade | Mahone’s Division | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army (January 9-February 28, 1865)23,24,25,26,27

  • Commander: Colonel James Aiken (January & February 1865)28,29
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Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Forney’s Brigade | Mahone’s Division | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army30,31

  • Commander: None listed. (March & April 1-2, 1865)32,33
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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles34:

  • Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
  • Squirrel Level Road (September 30, 1864)
  • Jones’ Farm (September 30, 1864)
  • Pegram’s Farm (October 1, 1864)
  • Harman Road (October 2, 1864)
  • Appomattox Court House (April 9, 1865)

Bibliography:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

    Sources:

    1. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Alabama by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 73-74
    2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Alabama by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 73-74
    3. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 112
    4. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 112
    5. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 121
    6. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 121: Sibley lists Aiken as a full Colonel, but an August 15, 1864 inspection report lists Aiken as a Lieutenant Colonel.
    7. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 131
    8. Confederate Inspection Report 16-P-17: Fry’s Brigade, August 15, 1864Inspection Reports and Related Records Received By the Inspection Branch in the Confederate Adjutant and Inspector General’s Office. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M935, Roll 10: Inspection Reports P-12 – 39-P-24); War Department Collection of Confederate Records, Record Group 109; National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.: This inspection report lists Aiken as a Lieutenant Colonel rather than a full Colonel.
    9. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 131: Sibley indicates Aiken was a full Colonel.  However, an August 15, 1864 inspection report lists him as a Lieutenant Colonel.
    10. Confederate Inspection Report 16-P-17: Fry’s Brigade, August 15, 1864Inspection Reports and Related Records Received By the Inspection Branch in the Confederate Adjutant and Inspector General’s Office. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M935, Roll 10: Inspection Reports P-12 – 39-P-24); War Department Collection of Confederate Records, Record Group 109; National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
    11. Confederate Inspection Report 16-P-17: Fry’s Brigade, August 15, 1864Inspection Reports and Related Records Received By the Inspection Branch in the Confederate Adjutant and Inspector General’s Office. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M935, Roll 10: Inspection Reports P-12 – 39-P-24); War Department Collection of Confederate Records, Record Group 109; National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
    12. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 139
    13. 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. 1312.
    14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 139
    15. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 148
    16. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 148
    17. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 156
    18. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 165
    19. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 156
    20. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 165
    21. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 174-175
    22. Evans, Clement A. Confederate Military History: A Library of Confederate States History. Vol. 7. Atlanta, GA: Confederate Pub., 1899, p. 99. Hat tip to Sanders’ Brigade historian David White.  See his comment at the bottom of this page.
    23. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 174-175
    24. 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 1174: “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.
    25. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 185
    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 1272: “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.
    27. Evans, Clement A. Confederate Military History: A Library of Confederate States History. Vol. 7. Atlanta, GA: Confederate Pub., 1899, p. 99. Hat tip to Sanders’ Brigade historian David White.  See his comment at the bottom of this page.
    28. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 174-175
    29. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 185
    30. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 194
    31. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 203
    32. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 194
    33. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 203
    34. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Alabama by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 73-74

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    David White February 8, 2015 at 6:19 am

    Brett. I found the date that the 13th Alabama Infantry Regiment transferred from Archer’s Brigade to Forney’s Brigade.

    I found the information in “Confederate Military History”, by Clement A. Evans, Volume VII, Alabama, 1899, page 99.

    Extracted from the Official Record, Volume XXI, No. 96 (page 1025). Special Order Number 8, dated January 9, 1865, Regiment transferred from Archer’s brigade, Heth’s division, Third Army Corps, to Sanders’ brigade, Mahone’s division,

    In addition, as supporting information, the Officers of the 13th Alabama (along with all the officers of the brigade) signed the letter of recommendation for Forney’s promotion to Brigadier General that is dated January 18, 1865. See the letter of recommendation for promotion in General Forney’s service record at the National Archives, M311, Roll 193.

    Also see the Official Record, Volume XXI, No. 96 (page 1272) Reported in Forney’s brigade on February 28, 1865.

    Brett Schulte February 8, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Thanks David! I’ll go add that this morning.

    Brett

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