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Muster In: Organized July 17, 18611
Muster Out: April 9, 18652

Commander(s):
Colonel Richard P. Lester
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Lieutenant Colonel Washington L. Goldsmith
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Commander 3
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Commander 4
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Thomas’ Brigade | Wilcox’s Division | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army3

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

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

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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Thomas’ Brigade | Wilcox’s Division | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army6

  • Commander: Major (Lieutenant Colonel?) Washington L. Goldsmith (August 1864)(at least August 29, 1864)7,8
  • Unit Strength: 273 officers and men PFD (August 29, 1864)9
  • Weapons: .58 caliber rifles (presumably a mix of Enfields and Springfields)10

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Thomas’ Brigade | Wilcox’s Division | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army11,12

  • Commander: Colonel Richard P. Lester13,14
  • Unit Strength: 270 officers and men PFD (September 29, 1864)15
  • Weapons: Not listed but probably .58 caliber based on earlier September report16
  • Note: Thomas’ Brigade was on the Swift Creek line and was temporarily attached to Pickett’s Division during the Fifth Offensive.17

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Thomas’ Brigade | Wilcox’s Division | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army18

  • Commander: Colonel Richard P. Lester19
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Thomas’ Brigade | Wilcox’s Division | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army20,21

  • Commander:
    • Colonel Richard P. Lester (November & December 1864)22,23
    • Lieutenant Colonel Washington L. Goldsmith (November 1864)24
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Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Thomas’ Brigade | Wilcox’s Division | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army25,26,27,28,29

  • Commander: Colonel Richard P. Lester (January & February 1865)30,31,32
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Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Thomas’ Brigade | Wilcox’s Division | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army33,34

  • Commander: None listed. (March & April 1-2, 1865)35,36
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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles37:

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

Bibliography:

Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

Sources:

  1. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: South Carolina and Georgia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 212-213
  2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: South Carolina and Georgia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 212-213
  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 122
  6. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 130
  7. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 130: Sibley lists Goldsmith as a Lieutenant Colonel in August 1864.
  8. Confederate Inspection Report 27-P-17: Thomas’ Brigade, August 29, 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.: The Confederate Inspection Report lists Goldsmith as a Major on August 29, 1864.  I’ve gone with the primary source rather than the secondary source.
  9. Confederate Inspection Report 27-P-17: Thomas’ Brigade, August 29, 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.
  10. Confederate Inspection Report 27-P-17: Thomas’ Brigade, August 29, 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. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 139
  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. 1312.
  13. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 139
  14. Confederate Inspection Report 10-P-24: Thomas’ Brigade, September 29, 1864; Inspection 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.
  15. Confederate Inspection Report 10-P-24: Thomas’ Brigade, September 29, 1864; Inspection 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.
  16. Confederate Inspection Report 10-P-24: Thomas’ Brigade, September 29, 1864; Inspection 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.
  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. 1312.
  18. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 148
  19. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 148
  20. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 156
  21. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 165
  22. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 156
  23. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 165
  24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 156
  25. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 174
  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 1173: “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.
  27. 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 1182: “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.
  28. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 184
  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 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.
  30. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 174
  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 1182: “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.
  32. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 184
  33. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 193
  34. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 203
  35. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 193
  36. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 203
  37. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: South Carolina and Georgia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 212-213

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