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Note: Also known as the 1st Virginia Regiment, Second Class Militia (City of Richmond).

Muster In: Organized June 2, 1862 as a battalion. Increased to a regiment around July 15, 1863.1
Muster Out: ?

Commander(s):
Colonel John B. Danforth
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Colonel Benjamin L. Farinholt
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Independent Richmond Infantry| Department of Richmond | Confederate Army2

  • Commander: Colonel John B. Danforth3
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Second Offensive Order of Battle: Independent Richmond Infantry| Department of Richmond | Confederate Army2

  • Commander: Colonel John B. Danforth5
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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Sibley has two competing spots for this unit.  For now, I’ve included both.  Which is correct?

Walker’s Brigade | First Military District | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army6

Independent Richmond Infantry | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army7

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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Sibley has two competing spots for this unit.  For now, I’ve included both.  Which is correct?

Walker’s Brigade | First Military District | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army8

Independent Richmond Infantry | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army9

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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle:

Walker’s Brigade | First Military District | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army10,11

Unattached | Richmond Forces | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army12,13

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Sixth Offensive Order of Battle:

Walker’s Brigade | First Military District | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army14

Independent Richmond Infantry | Richmond Forces | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army15

  • Commander: Colonel Benjamin L. Farinholt16
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle:

Independent Richmond Infantry | Richmond Forces | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army (November 1864)17

1st Brigade Virginia Reserves | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army (December 1864) (December 1864)18

  • Commander: Colonel John B. Danforth (December 1864)19
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Eighth Offensive Order of Battle:

First Brigade | Virginia Reserve Forces | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army20

Walker’s Brigade | First Military District | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army (January 1865)21

Moore’s Brigade | Lee’s Division | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army (February 1865)22,23

  • Commander:
    • None listed. (January 1865)24
    • Colonel Benjamin L. Farinholt (February 1865)25
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Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Moore’s Brigade | Lee’s Division | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army26,27

  • Commander: None listed. (March & April 1-2, 1865)28,29
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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles:

Bibliography:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

    Sources:

    1. Wallace, Lee A., Jr. A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations 1861-1865, 2nd Ed. (Lynchburg, Va.: H. E. Howard, 1986), pp. 261-263
    2. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 117: I have MAJOR reservations about listing this unit for anything other than the Fifth Offensive.  Sibley uses Sommers’ Richmond Redeemed as his sole source, but that book focuses only on the Fifth Offensive in late September and early October 1864.  More research is needed.
    3. Wallace, Lee A., Jr. A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations 1861-1865, 2nd Ed. (Lynchburg, Va.: H. E. Howard, 1986), pp. 261-263
    4. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 117: I have MAJOR reservations about listing this unit for anything other than the Fifth Offensive.  Sibley uses Sommers’ Richmond Redeemed as his sole source, but that book focuses only on the Fifth Offensive in late September and early October 1864.  More research is needed.
    5. Wallace, Lee A., Jr. A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations 1861-1865, 2nd Ed. (Lynchburg, Va.: H. E. Howard, 1986), pp. 261-263
    6. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 125
    7. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 126
    8. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 134
    9. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 135
    10. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 142
    11. 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. 1313.
    12. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 144
    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. 1315.
    14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 151
    15. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 153
    16. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 151
    17. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 161
    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 169
    20. Wallace, Lee A., Jr. A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations 1861-1865, 2nd Ed. (Lynchburg, Va.: H. E. Howard, 1986), pp. 261-263
    21. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 177
    22. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 187
    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 1275: “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.
    24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 177
    25. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 187
    26. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 196
    27. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 206
    28. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 196
    29. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 206

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