1st (Armory) Virginia Local Defense Troops Battalion Infantry

   

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Muster In: Organized with six companies at Richmond from the employees of the armory for local defense as needed on May 28, 1863.  Mustered into Confederate service on June (January) 15, 1863.1,2
Muster Out: Discontinued on April 2, 1865.3

Commander(s):
Major Thomas H. Ayres
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Captain A. J. Suddith
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Local Defense Troops and Reserves | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army4

  • Commander: Captain A. J. Suddith5,6,7
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Second Offensive Order of Battle: Local Defense Troops and Reserves | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army8

  • Commander: Captain A. J. Suddith9,10,11
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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Local Defense Troops and Reserves | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army12

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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Local Defense Troops and Reserves | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army13

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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Local Defense Brigade | Barton’s Division | Richmond Forces | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army14,15

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Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Local Defense Brigade | Barton’s Division | Richmond Forces | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army16

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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle:

Local Defense Brigade | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army (November 1864)17

Lee’s Command | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army (December 1864)18

  • Commander:
    • None listed. (November 1864) 19
    • Major Thomas H. Ayres (December 1864)20
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Eighth Offensive Order of Battle:

Lee’s Command | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army (January 1-9, 1865)

Lee’s Command | Lee’s Division | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army (January 9-February 28, 1865)21,22

  • Commander: None listed. (January & February 1865)23,24
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  • Note: On January 9, 1865, Custis Lee’s Division was formed in the Department of Richmond, and Lee’s Command became a part of that organization.

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Lee’s Command | Lee’s Division | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army25,26

  • Commander: None listed. (March & April 1-2, 1865)27,28
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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles29:

  • Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
  • Roper’s Farm (September 30, 1864)

Bibliography:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

      Sources:

      1. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, p. 153: states June 15, 1863, which I’ve gone with as the correct date because it matches the dates Wallace has for individual companies.
      2. Wallace, Lee A., Jr. A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations 1861-1865, 2nd Ed. (Lynchburg, Va.: H. E. Howard, 1986), pp. 179-180: States January 15, 1863, which doesn’t match what Wallace has for the individual companies.  Most companies were organized and mustered in during May-June 1863.
      3. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, p. 153
      4. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 116
      5. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 116
      6. Wallace, Lee A., Jr. A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations 1861-1865, 2nd Ed. (Lynchburg, Va.: H. E. Howard, 1986), pp. 179-180
      7. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 671
      8. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 116
      9. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 116
      10. Wallace, Lee A., Jr. A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations 1861-1865, 2nd Ed. (Lynchburg, Va.: H. E. Howard, 1986), pp. 179-180
      11. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 671
      12. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 126
      13. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 135
      14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 144
      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. 1315.
      16. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 152
      17. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 160
      18. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 169
      19. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 160
      20. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 169
      21. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 178
      22. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 187
      23. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 178
      24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 187
      25. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 197
      26. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 206
      27. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 197
      28. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 206
      29. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, p. 153

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