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Muster In: Organized March 15, 18621
Muster Out: April 9, 18652

Commander(s):
Colonel Thomas J. Simmons
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Major Aurelius W. Gibson
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Captain Thomas Hardeman, Jr.
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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: Captain Aurelius W. Gibson (August 1864)(at least August 29, 1864)7,8
  • Unit Strength: 258 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 Thomas J. Simmons (went on leave September 20, 1864)13
    • Captain Aurelius W. Gibson (at least September 20, 1864)14
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  • Note: Thomas’ Brigade was on the Swift Creek line and was temporarily attached to Pickett’s Division during the Fifth Offensive.15

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Thomas’ Brigade | Wilcox’s Division | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army16

  • Commander: Colonel Thomas J. Simmons17
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Thomas’ Brigade | Wilcox’s Division | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army18,19

  • Commander: Colonel Thomas J. Simmons (November & December 1864)20,21
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  • Weapons:

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Thomas’ Brigade | Wilcox’s Division | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army22,23,24,25,26

  • Commander:
    • Colonel Thomas J. Simmons (temporarily commanded the brigade at times)(January & February 1865)27,28
    • Captain Thomas Hardeman, Jr. (January 1865)29,30
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Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Thomas’ Brigade | Wilcox’s Division | Third Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army31,32

  • Commander:
    • Major Aurelius W. Gibson (captured March 25)(March 1865)33
    • ? (after Maj. Gibson was captured)(March 1865)34
    • None listed. (April 1-2, 1865)35
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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles36:

  • Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
  • Weldon Railroad (June 22, 1864)
  • Fort Stedman (March 25, 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. 258-259
    2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: South Carolina and Georgia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 258-259
    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
    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.
    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. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 139
    15. 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.
    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 148
    18. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 156
    19. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 165
    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 174
    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 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.
    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 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.
    25. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 184
    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. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 174
    28. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 184
    29. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 174
    30. 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.
    31. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 193
    32. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 203
    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 193
    35. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 203
    36. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: South Carolina and Georgia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 258-259

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