3rd Virginia Reserves Battalion Infantry

   

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Note: Also known as Archer’s Battalion.

Muster In: Organized as Archer’s Battalion Virginia Reserves early in 1864 and eventually had six companies.  Officially organized as the 3rd Battalion Virginia Reserves at Petersburg on June 15, 1864.1,2
Muster Out: (presumably) April 9, 18653

Commander(s):
Lieutenant Colonel Fletcher H. Archer
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Petersburg, Va. | First Military District | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army4

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Fletcher H. Archer (?)5
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Second Offensive Order of Battle: Petersburg, Va. | First Military District | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army6

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Fletcher H. Archer (?)7
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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Petersburg, Va. | First Military District | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army8

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Fletcher H. Archer (?)9
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Petersburg, Va. | First Military District | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army10

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Fletcher H. Archer (?)11
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Post of Petersburg | First Military District | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army12,13

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant Colonel Fletcher H. Archer (?)14,15
    • Major William H. Jarvis16
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Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Post of Petersburg | First Military District | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army17

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Fletcher H. Archer (?)18
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Post of Petersburg | First Military District | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army19,20

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant Colonel Fletcher H. Archer (?)21
    • None listed. (November & December 1864)22,23
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Eighth Offensive Order of Battle:

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

Barton’s Command | Lee’s Division | Department of Richmond | Confederate Army (January 9-?, 1865)24

Post of Petersburg | First Military District | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army (late January (?) & February 1865)24,26

  • Commander:
    • None listed. (January 1865)27
    • Lieutenant Colonel Fletcher H. Archer (February 1865)28,29
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Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Post of Petersburg | First Military District | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army30,31

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Fletcher H. Archer (?)32
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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles33:

  • Petersburg (June 9, 1864)
    Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
    Sayler’s Creek (presumably) (April 6, 1865)
    Appomattox Court House (presumably) (April 9, 1865)

Bibliography:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

      Sources:

      1. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, p. 162
      2. Wallace, Lee A., Jr. A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations 1861-1865, 2nd Ed. (Lynchburg, Va.: H. E. Howard, 1986), p. 221: Two of the six companies were 2nd Class Militia which were temporarily attached.  Most companies enlisted in April and May 1864.
      3. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, p. 162
      4. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 116
      5. Wallace, Lee A., Jr. A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations 1861-1865, 2nd Ed. (Lynchburg, Va.: H. E. Howard, 1986), p. 225: Archer is listed as the unit’s only commander, from “1864-65”.  I am unsure if he was consistently present from the beginning to the end of the unit’s existence, or if he was away at times.  Wallace mentions that this unit was temporarily consolidated into one company, Company E, of a temporary field organization called the 3rd (Chrisman’s) Battalion Virginia Reserves in September 1864.  This temporary battalion was different than the permanent 3rd Battalion Virginia Reserves. More research is needed.
      6. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 116
      7. Wallace, Lee A., Jr. A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations 1861-1865, 2nd Ed. (Lynchburg, Va.: H. E. Howard, 1986), p. 225: Archer is listed as the unit’s only commander, from “1864-65”.  I am unsure if he was consistently present from the beginning to the end of the unit’s existence, or if he was away at times.  Wallace mentions that this unit was temporarily consolidated into one company, Company E, of a temporary field organization called the 3rd (Chrisman’s) Battalion Virginia Reserves in September 1864.  This temporary battalion was different than the permanent 3rd Battalion Virginia Reserves. More research is needed.
      8. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 125
      9. Wallace, Lee A., Jr. A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations 1861-1865, 2nd Ed. (Lynchburg, Va.: H. E. Howard, 1986), p. 225: Archer is listed as the unit’s only commander, from “1864-65”.  I am unsure if he was consistently present from the beginning to the end of the unit’s existence, or if he was away at times.  Wallace mentions that this unit was temporarily consolidated into one company, Company E, of a temporary field organization called the 3rd (Chrisman’s) Battalion Virginia Reserves in September 1864.  This temporary battalion was different than the permanent 3rd Battalion Virginia Reserves. More research is needed.
      10. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 135
      11. Wallace, Lee A., Jr. A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations 1861-1865, 2nd Ed. (Lynchburg, Va.: H. E. Howard, 1986), p. 225: Archer is listed as the unit’s only commander, from “1864-65”.  I am unsure if he was consistently present from the beginning to the end of the unit’s existence, or if he was away at times.  Wallace mentions that this unit was temporarily consolidated into one company, Company E, of a temporary field organization called the 3rd (Chrisman’s) Battalion Virginia Reserves in September 1864.  This temporary battalion was different than the permanent 3rd Battalion Virginia Reserves. More research is needed.
      12. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 142
      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. 1313.
      14. Wallace, Lee A., Jr. A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations 1861-1865, 2nd Ed. (Lynchburg, Va.: H. E. Howard, 1986), p. 225: Archer is listed as the unit’s only commander, from “1864-65”.  I am unsure if he was consistently present from the beginning to the end of the unit’s existence, or if he was away at times.  Wallace mentions that this unit was temporarily consolidated into one company, Company E, of a temporary field organization called the 3rd (Chrisman’s) Battalion Virginia Reserves in September 1864.  This temporary battalion was different than the permanent 3rd Battalion Virginia Reserves. More research is needed.
      15. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 142
      16. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 142
      17. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 151
      18. Wallace, Lee A., Jr. A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations 1861-1865, 2nd Ed. (Lynchburg, Va.: H. E. Howard, 1986), p. 225: Archer is listed as the unit’s only commander, from “1864-65”.  I am unsure if he was consistently present from the beginning to the end of the unit’s existence, or if he was away at times.  Wallace mentions that this unit was temporarily consolidated into one company, Company E, of a temporary field organization called the 3rd (Chrisman’s) Battalion Virginia Reserves in September 1864.  This temporary battalion was different than the permanent 3rd Battalion Virginia Reserves. More research is needed.
      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. Wallace, Lee A., Jr. A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations 1861-1865, 2nd Ed. (Lynchburg, Va.: H. E. Howard, 1986), p. 225: Archer is listed as the unit’s only commander, from “1864-65”.  I am unsure if he was consistently present from the beginning to the end of the unit’s existence, or if he was away at times.  Wallace mentions that this unit was temporarily consolidated into one company, Company E, of a temporary field organization called the 3rd (Chrisman’s) Battalion Virginia Reserves in September 1864.  This temporary battalion was different than the permanent 3rd Battalion Virginia Reserves. More research is needed.
      22. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 160
      23. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 169
      24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 178
      25. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 178
      26. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 189
      27. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 178
      28. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 189
      29. Wallace, Lee A., Jr. A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations 1861-1865, 2nd Ed. (Lynchburg, Va.: H. E. Howard, 1986), p. 225: Archer is listed as the unit’s only commander, from “1864-65”.  I am unsure if he was consistently present from the beginning to the end of the unit’s existence, or if he was away at times.  Wallace mentions that this unit was temporarily consolidated into one company, Company E, of a temporary field organization called the 3rd (Chrisman’s) Battalion Virginia Reserves in September 1864.  This temporary battalion was different than the permanent 3rd Battalion Virginia Reserves. More research is needed.
      30. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 198
      31. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 208
      32. Wallace, Lee A., Jr. A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations 1861-1865, 2nd Ed. (Lynchburg, Va.: H. E. Howard, 1986), p. 225: Archer is listed as the unit’s only commander, from “1864-65”.  I am unsure if he was consistently present from the beginning to the end of the unit’s existence, or if he was away at times.  Wallace mentions that this unit was temporarily consolidated into one company, Company E, of a temporary field organization called the 3rd (Chrisman’s) Battalion Virginia Reserves in September 1864.  This temporary battalion was different than the permanent 3rd Battalion Virginia Reserves. More research is needed.
      33. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, p. 162

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      T. Fazzini November 22, 2013 at 7:32 pm
      LBarksdale April 25, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      We have some letters from Fletcher H Archer to his wife during this time frame. Unfortunately we are having a hard time translating some of it. Would there be in interest in these?

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