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Muster In: June or July 18611
Muster Out: April 9, 18652

Commander(s):
Lieutenant Colonel Robert S. Taylor
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Captain Samuel C. Harrell
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Captain Alexander C. Jones
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Gregg’s Brigade | Field’s DivisionFirst Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army3

  • Commander: Captain Samuel C. Harrell4,5
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Second Offensive Order of Battle: Gregg’s Brigade | Field’s DivisionFirst Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army6

  • Commander: Captain Samuel C. Harrell7,8
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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Gregg’s Brigade | Field’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army9

  • Commander:
    • Captain Samuel C. Harrell (July 1, 1864)(killed July 1, 1864)10,11
    • Captain Alexander C. Jones12
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Gregg’s Brigade | Field’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army13

  • Commander:
    • Major Robert S. Taylor (in the hospital at least August 31, 1864)14
    • Captain Alexander C. Jones15
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Gregg’s Brigade | Field’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army16,17

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant Colonel Robert S. Taylor (September 29, 1864)18
    • Captain Alexander C. Jones19
  • Unit Strength: ~100 officers and men PFD (September 29, 18864)20
  • Weapons:

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Gregg’s Brigade | Field’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army21

  • Commander: Captain Alexander C. Jones22
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Gregg’s Brigade | Field’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army23,24

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Robert S. Taylor (November & December 1864)25,26
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Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Gregg’s Brigade | Field’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army27,28,29,30,31

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant Colonel Robert S. Taylor (January 1865)32,33
    • Captain Alexander C. Jones (February 1865)34
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Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Gregg’s Brigade | Field’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army35,36

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant Colonel Robert S. Taylor (in the hospital at least March 7)(returned to duty April 2)(March & April 2, 1865)37
    • ? (while Taylor was in the hospital)(March & April 1-2, 1865)38
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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles39:

  • Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
  • 3rd New Market Heights (September 29, 1864)
  • Chaffin’s Farm (September 29, 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: Florida and Arkansas by Stewart Sifakis, pages 73-74
  2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Florida and Arkansas by Stewart Sifakis, pages 73-74
  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. Collier, Calvin L. “They’ll Do to Tie To!” The Story of the Third Regiment, Arkansas Infantry, C. S. A. J.D. Warren, 1959. p. 197.
  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 110
  8. Collier, Calvin L. “They’ll Do to Tie To!” The Story of the Third Regiment, Arkansas Infantry, C. S. A. J.D. Warren, 1959. p. 197.
  9. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 119
  10. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 119
  11. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Arkansas, National Archives, Roll ? (Samuel C. Harrell, 3rd Arkansas, Footnote.com Page 12): Company Muster Roll for April 30, 1864 to August 31, 1864: Under Remarks: “Killed in front at Petersburg Va on July 1st 1864”
  12. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 119
  13. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 129
  14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 129
  15. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 129
  16. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 138
  17. 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.
  18. Field, Ron. Combat 2: Union Infantrymen Versus Confederate Infantrymen: Eastern Theater 1861-65 (Osprey: 2013), p. 61: Field lists Taylor in command, but he does not list the source which causes him to list Taylor in command.  Also, see the Confederate Veteran article written by Captain Alexander C. Jones, who claims he was in command on September 29, 1864. More research is needed.
  19. Jones, A. C. “Texas and Arkansas at Fort Harrison.” Confederate Veteran, Volume 25, Number 1, pp. 24-25: “This brigade was composed of the 1st Texas4th Texas5th Texas, and 3d Arkansas Regiments. Of the latter I, as senior captain, was in command.”
  20. Jones, A. C. “Texas and Arkansas at Fort Harrison.” Confederate Veteran, Volume 25, Number 1, pp. 24-25: “No doubt those Yankees thought as they came down the slope that they were facing thousands instead of about one hundred Arkansas ragamuffins.”
  21. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 147
  22. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 147
  23. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 154
  24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 162
  25. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 154
  26. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 162
  27. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 172
  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 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.
  29. 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.
  30. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 182
  31. 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.
  32. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 172
  33. 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.
  34. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 182
  35. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 190
  36. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 200
  37. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 190
  38. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 200
  39. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Florida and Arkansas by Stewart Sifakis, pages 73-74

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