3rd Virginia Local Defense Troops Infantry

   

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Muster In: Organized at Richmond by the increase of the 3rd Infantry Battalion, Local Defense Troops, to a regiment on September 23, 1864.1
Muster Out: Apparently discontinued upon the fall of Richmond on April 2, 1865.2

Commander(s):
Colonel John McAnerney, Jr.
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Commander 2
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Commander 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not yet in existence.3

Second Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not yet in existence.4

Third Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not yet in existence.5

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not yet in existence.6

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Local Defense Brigade | Barton’s Division | Richmond Forces | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army7,8

  • Commander:
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  • Note: On September 23, 1864, the 3rd Virginia Battalion, LDT was made the 3rd Virginia Regiment, LDT.9,10,11
  • Note: The 2nd VA LDT, the 3rd VA LDT, and the 4th VA LDT Bn. Were part of a temporary demi-brigade under Scruggs and served at the front on September 29, 1864. 12

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Local Defense Brigade | Barton’s Division | Richmond Forces | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army13

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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle:

Local Defense Brigade | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army (November 1864)14

Lee’s Command | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army (December 1864)15

  • Commander:
    • None listed. (November 1864) 16
    • Colonel John McAnerney, Jr. (December 1864)17
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • 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.

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 9-31, 1865)18

Moore’s Brigade | Lee’s Division | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army (February 1865)19,20

  • Commander:
    • None listed. (January 1865)21
    • Colonel John McAnerney, Jr. (February 1865)22
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • None listed. (March & April 1-2, 1865)23,24

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

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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles27:

  • 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, pp. 164-165
      2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 164-165
      3. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 164-165
      4. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 164-165
      5. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 164-165
      6. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 164-165
      7.  The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 144
      8. 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.
      9.  The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 144
      10.  Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, p. 162, 164-165
      11. Wallace, Lee A., Jr. A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations 1861-1865, 2nd Ed. (Lynchburg, Va.: H. E. Howard, 1986), p. 182
      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. 1315.
      13. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 152
      14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 160
      15. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 169
      16. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 160
      17. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 169
      18. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 178
      19. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 187
      20. 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.
      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 196
      24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 206
      25. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 196
      26. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 206
      27. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 164-165

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