Editor’s Note: Do you have information on this regiment’s role at the Siege of Petersburg?  Please contact us using the Contact button in the menu at the top of the screen.  We are happy to exchange information with other researchers.

Muster In: Organized by the increase of the 1st South Carolina Rifles Battalion to a regiment on May 12, 18621
Muster Out: April 9, 18652

Commander(s):
Colonel Robert E. Bowen
Commander Image

Lieutenant Colonel David L. Donald
Commander Image

Commander 3
Commander Image

First Offensive Order of Battle: Bratton’s Brigade | Field’s DivisionFirst Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army3

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. Bowen4
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Second Offensive Order of Battle: Bratton’s Brigade | Field’s DivisionFirst Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army5

  • Commander: Colonel Robert E. Bowen6
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Third Offensive Order of Battle: Bratton’s Brigade | Field’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army7

  • Commander: Colonel Robert E. Bowen8
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Bratton’s Brigade | Field’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army9

  • Commander: Colonel Robert E. Bowen10,11
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Bratton’s Brigade | Field’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army12,13

  • Commander: Colonel Robert E. Bowen 14
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Bratton’s Brigade | Field’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army15

  • Commander: Colonel Robert E. Bowen16
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Bratton’s Brigade | Field’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army17,18

  • Commander:
    • Colonel Robert E. Bowen (November 1864)19
    • Lieutenant Colonel David L. Donald (December 1864)20
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Bratton’s Brigade | Field’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army21,22,23,24,25

  • Commander:
    • None listed. (January 1865)26
    • Colonel Robert E. Bowen (February 1865)27
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Bratton’s Brigade | Field’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army28,29

  • Commander: None listed. (March – April 2, 1865)30,31
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles32:

  • Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
  • 2nd Fort Harrison (September 30, 1864)
  • Williamsburg Road (October 27, 1864)
  • 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, pages 60-62
    2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: South Carolina and Georgia by Stewart Sifakis, pages 60-62
    3. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 110
    4. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of South Carolina, National Archives, Roll 161 (Robert E. Bowen, 2nd South Carolina Rifles): Field and Staff Muster Roll for May + June, 1864: Written under Remarks: “Signs roll as commanding the Co. (Ed. Note: typo?) and Certificate as Inspector and Mustering officer.”
    5. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 110
    6. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of South Carolina, National Archives, Roll 161 (Robert E. Bowen, 2nd South Carolina Rifles): Field and Staff Muster Roll for May + June, 1864: Written under Remarks: “Signs roll as commanding the Co. (Ed. Note: typo?) and Certificate as Inspector and Mustering officer.”
    7. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 119
    8. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 119
    9. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 128
    10. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of South Carolina, National Archives, Roll 161 (Robert E. Bowen, 2nd South Carolina Rifles): Field and Staff Muster Roll for July + August, 1864: Written under Remarks: “Signs Certificate as Inspector and Mustering officer.” Note also the change from Lt. Col. to full Colonel on the two muster rolls.
    11. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 128
    12. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 137
    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. 1311.
    14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 137
    15. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 146
    16. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 146
    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 154
    20. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 162
    21. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 171
    22. 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.
    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 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.
    24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 181
    25. 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.
    26. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 171
    27. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 181
    28. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 190
    29. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 200
    30. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 190
    31. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 200
    32. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: South Carolina and Georgia by Stewart Sifakis, pages 60-62

    ***



    What are your Top 10 Gettysburg Books? See what a panel of bloggers said recently.

    { 0 comments… add one now }

    Leave a Comment

    Previous post:

    Next post: