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Muster In: Organized May 8, 18611
Muster Out: April 9, 18652

Commander(s):
Colonel Norborne Berkeley
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Lieutenant Colonel Edmund Berkeley
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Major William N. Berkeley
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Hunton’s Brigade | Pickett’s Division | First Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army3

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Second Offensive Order of Battle: Hunton’s Brigade | Pickett’s Division | First Corps| Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army4

  • Commander:
    • Colonel Norborne Berkeley (at least June 30, 1864)(in hospital June 24-25, 1864)5,6
    • ? (June 24-25, 1864)
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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Hunton’s Brigade | Pickett’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army7

  • Commander: Colonel Norborne Berkeley8
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Commander:
    • Colonel Norborne Berkeley (at least August 1 & 9 & 11-?, 1864)9,10,11,12,13
    • ? (August 31, 1864)
  • Unit Strength: 191 officers and men PFD (August 9, 1864)14
  • Weapons: .58 caliber rifles (presumably a mix of Enfields and Springfields)15

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Hunton’s Brigade | Pickett’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army16,17

  • Commander:
    • Colonel Norborne Berkeley (September 5, 1864)18
    • Lieutenant Colonel Edmund Berkeley 19
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Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Hunton’s Brigade | Pickett’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army20

  • Commander:
    • Colonel Norborne Berkeley (in hospital October 13-26, 1864)21,22
    • ? (from October 13, 1864 on)
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Hunton’s Brigade | Pickett’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army23,24

  • Commander:
    • Colonel Norborne Berkeley (turned over command to Lt. Col. Berkeley in November 1864, but when?)(November 3 & 19, 1864 & December 9, 1864)25,26,27
    • Lieutenant Colonel Edmund Berkeley (took a leave of absence starting on December 23, 1864) (November & December 1864)28,29
    • Major William N. Berkeley (December 1864)30
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Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Hunton’s Brigade | Pickett’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army31,32,33,34,35

  • Commander:
    • Colonel Norborne Berkeley (January 1865)36
    • Lieutenant Colonel Edmund Berkeley (January & February 1865)37,38,39
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Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Hunton’s Brigade | Pickett’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army40,41

  • Commander:
    • Colonel Norborne Berkeley (?) (had been out sick and in hospitals since at least early October, probably did not command in March)(in hospital March 5-18 and at least March 22-23, 1865)(March 1865)42,43,44
    • Lieutenant Colonel Edmund Berkeley (at least March 21)(March 1865)45
    • None listed. (April 1-2 1865)46
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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles47:

  • Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
  • Five Forks (April 1, 1865)
  • Sayler’s Creek (April 6, 1865)
  • Appomattox Court House (April 9, 1865)

Bibliography:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

    Sources:

    1. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 177-179
    2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 177-179
    3. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 111
    4. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 111
    5. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Virginia, National Archives, Roll 466 (Norborne Berkeley, 8th Virginia, Fold3.com Page 26): Appears on a Register of General Hospital No. 4 Richmond, Va. June 24, 1864: The card states Berkeley was admitted on June 24, 1864 and “deserted” on June 25, 1864.  However, this must be some kind of misunderstanding because Berkeley commanded the regiment at later dates and appears on later rolls as absent on leave and absent sick.  More research is needed.
    6. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Virginia, National Archives, Roll 466 (Norborne Berkeley, 8th Virginia, Fold3.com Page 2): Field and Staff Muster Roll for May and June 1864
    7. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 120
    8. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 120
    9. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Virginia, National Archives, Roll 466 (Norborne Berkeley, 8th Virginia, Fold3.com Page 22): Appears on an Inspection Report of Hunton’s Brigade August 9, 1864: Berkeley appears on this inspection report and no reason for being absent is given.  You can reasonably assume Berkeley commanded the regiment on this date, as he would not have otherwise been mentioned specifically on the inspection report.  With that said, I need to obtain the inspection report to know for sure.  More research is needed.
    10. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Virginia, National Archives, Roll 466 (Norborne Berkeley, 8th Virginia, Fold3.com Page 3): Field and Staff Muster Roll for July and August 1864: Berkeley is reported as absent with leave on August 31, 1864, but the date he took his leave is not mentioned.
    11. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Virginia, National Archives, Roll 466 (Norborne Berkeley, 8th Virginia, Fold3.com Page 67): Requisition for Forage August 1, 1864
    12. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Virginia, National Archives, Roll 466 (Norborne Berkeley, 8th Virginia, Fold3.com Page 49): Requisition for Stationery August 11, 1864
    13. Confederate Inspection Report 23-P-17: Hunton’s Brigade, August 9, 1864Inspection Reports and Related Records Received By the Inspection Branch in the Confederate Adjutant and Inspector General’s Office. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M935, Roll 10: Inspection Reports P-12 – 39-P-24); War Department Collection of Confederate Records, Record Group 109; National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
    14. Confederate Inspection Report 23-P-17: Hunton’s Brigade, August 9, 1864Inspection Reports and Related Records Received By the Inspection Branch in the Confederate Adjutant and Inspector General’s Office. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M935, Roll 10: Inspection Reports P-12 – 39-P-24); War Department Collection of Confederate Records, Record Group 109; National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
    15. Confederate Inspection Report 23-P-17: Hunton’s Brigade, August 9, 1864Inspection Reports and Related Records Received By the Inspection Branch in the Confederate Adjutant and Inspector General’s Office. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M935, Roll 10: Inspection Reports P-12 – 39-P-24); War Department Collection of Confederate Records, Record Group 109; National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
    16. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 137
    17. 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. 1311.
    18. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Virginia, National Archives, Roll 466 (Norborne Berkeley, 8th Virginia, Fold3.com Page 51): Special Requisition September 5, 1864
    19. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 137
    20. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 146
    21. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Virginia, National Archives, Roll 466 (Norborne Berkeley, 8th Virginia, Fold3.com Page 25): Appears on a Register of General Hospital No. 4 Richmond, Va. October 13, 1864: The card states Berkeley, suffering from rheumatism, was admitted on October 13, 1864 and furloughed on October 20, 1864 for an unspecified period of time.
    22. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Virginia, National Archives, Roll 466 (Norborne Berkeley, 8th Virginia, Fold3.com Page 28): Appears on a Register of Medical Director’s Office Richmond, Va. October 26, 1864: The card states Berkeley was in the hospital at least until October 26, 1864.
    23. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 154
    24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 162
    25. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Virginia, National Archives, Roll 466 (Norborne Berkeley, 8th Virginia, Fold3.com Page 69): Requisition for Stationery November 3, 1864
    26. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Virginia, National Archives, Roll 466 (Norborne Berkeley, 8th Virginia, Fold3.com Page 43): Pay Voucher from Aug 1 to Oct 31 on November 19, 1864
    27. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Virginia, National Archives, Roll 466 (Norborne Berkeley, 8th Virginia, Fold3.com Page 65): Requisition for Forage December 9, 1864: This requisition for forage serves to make me more certain Berkeley was also there in November, but it is still not proof.
    28. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 154
    29. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 162
    30. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 162
    31. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 171
    32. 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 1170: “Organization of the Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by General R. E. Lee, January 31, 1865”; This list contains many commanders who were not there.  They were the “official” commanders but may have been gone on leave.  I have used none of the leaders from this list as a result.
    33. 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 1180: “Organization of the Army of Northern Virginia, General R. E. Lee, C. S. Army, commanding, January 31, 1865”; This order of battle was based off of inspection reports from January 26-31, 1865, and the leaders should be accurate for this time frame.
    34. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 181
    35. 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 1268: “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.
    36. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 171
    37. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 171
    38. 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 1180: “Organization of the Army of Northern Virginia, General R. E. Lee, C. S. Army, commanding, January 31, 1865”; This order of battle was based off of inspection reports from January 26-31, 1865, and the leaders should be accurate for this time frame.
    39. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 181
    40. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 190
    41. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 200
    42. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Virginia, National Archives, Roll 466 (Norborne Berkeley, 8th Virginia, Fold3.com Page 29): Appears on a Register of Stuart Hospital Richmond, Va. March 5, 1865: The card states Berkeley, suffering from chronic rheumatism, was admitted on March 5, 1865 and returned to duty on March 18, 1865.
    43. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Virginia, National Archives, Roll 466 (Norborne Berkeley, 8th Virginia, Fold3.com Page 27): Appears on a Register of Stuart Hospital Richmond, Va. March 22, 1865: The card states Berkeley, still suffering from chronic rheumatism, was admitted on March 22, 1865 and transferred to a surgeon on March 23, 1865.
    44. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 200
    45. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 200
    46. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 190
    47. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 177-179

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