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Muster In: May 20, 18621
Muster Out: April 9, 18652

Commander(s):
Colonel Michael J. Bulger
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Lieutenant Colonel Leigh R. Terrell
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Captain Henry C. Lindsey
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Captain John H. Ham
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Commander 5
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Law’s Brigade | Field’s DivisionFirst Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army3

  • Commander:
    • Lt. Colonel Leigh R. Terrell (wounded June 18, 1864)4,5
    • Unknown
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Second Offensive Order of Battle: Law’s Brigade | Field’s DivisionFirst Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army6

  • Commander: Unknown
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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Law’s Brigade | Field’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army7

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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Law’s Brigade | Field’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army8

  • Commander:
    • “Senior captains” (until Terrill assumed command at some point in August 1864)9
    • Lieutenant Colonel Leigh R. Terrell10
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Law’s Brigade | Field’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army11,12

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Leigh R. Terrell (October 1-13, 1864) (mortally wounded October 13, 1864 and died of wounds October 22, 1864)13
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Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Law’s Brigade | Field’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army14

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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Law’s Brigade | Field’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army15,16

  • Commander: Captain Henry C. Lindsey (November & December 1864)17,18
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Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Law’s Brigade | Field’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army19,20,21,22,23

  • Commander:
    • None listed. (January 1865)24
    • Colonel Michael J. Bulger (retired to the invalid corps on February 14, was he ever actually present in February?)(February 1865)25
    • Captain John H. Ham (February 1865)26
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Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Law’s Brigade | Field’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army27,28

  • Commander: None listed. (March – April 2, 1865)29,30
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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles31:

  • Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
  • Fort Harrison (September 29-30, 1864)
  • Fort Gilmer (September 29-30, 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, pages 117-118
  2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Alabama by Stewart Sifakis, pages 117-118
  3. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 110
  4. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 110
  5. Krick, Robert K. Lee’s Colonels. Broadfoot Publishing, 2009. pp. 344: I am unsure which edition of Lee’s Colonel’s Sibley used in his book, so the page number may vary depending on the edition you have.
  6. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 110
  7. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 120
  8. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 128
  9. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 129
  10. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 129
  11. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 137
  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. 1311.
  13. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 146
  14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 146
  15. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 154
  16. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 162
  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 War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 1171: “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.
  21. 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 1179: “Organization of the Army of Northern Virginia, General R. E. Lee, C. S. Army, commanding, January 31, 1865”; This order of battle was based off of inspection reports from January 26-31, 1865, and the leaders should be accurate for this time frame.
  22. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 181
  23. 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 1269: “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.
  24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 171
  25. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 181
  26. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 181
  27. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 190
  28. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 200
  29. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 190
  30. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 200
  31. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Alabama by Stewart Sifakis, pages 117-118

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