4th Virginia Reserves Battalion Infantry

   

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Muster In: Organized on August 27, 18641,2
Muster Out: April 9, 1865(?)3

Commander(s):
Major David B. Godwin
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Hicksford | First Military District | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army4

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Second Offensive Order of Battle: Hicksford | First Military District | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army6

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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Hicksford | First Military District | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army8

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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Hicksford | First Military District | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army9

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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Garnett’s Brigade (at Hicksford) | First Military District | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army10,11

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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles12:

  • 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. 166-167
      2. Wallace, Lee A., Jr. A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations 1861-1865, 2nd Ed. (Lynchburg, Va.: H. E. Howard, 1986), pp. 222-223: Cos. A-C were mustered in on May 30, 1864.  Co. D was mustered in on August 11, 1864.  The unit wasn’t formed until August 27, 1864 and wasn’t officially designated until Special Orders No. 48 on February 27, 1865.
      3. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, p. 166-167: Sifakis uses the word “presumably” to describe their possible surrender at Appomattox.  More research is needed.
      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), pp. 222-223: Godwin is listed as the unit’s only commander, from “1864-65″.  I am unsure if he was present prior to the organizing of the separate companies into a unit on August 27, 1864, or if he was away at times.  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), pp. 222-223: Godwin is listed as the unit’s only commander, from “1864-65″.  I am unsure if he was present prior to the organizing of the separate companies into a unit on August 27, 1864, or if he was away at times.  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. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 134
      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. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, p. 166-167

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