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Muster In: Organized by the consolidation of Montague’s and Tomlin’s Infantry Battalions and Waddill’s Infantry Company on December 1, 18611
Muster Out: April 9, 18652

Commander(s):
Colonel William R. Aylett
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Lt. Colonel John C. Timberlake
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Major H. A. Edmondson?
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Captain Henry Edmunds
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Steuart’s Brigade | Pickett’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army3

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

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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Steuart’s Brigade | Pickett’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army5

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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Steuart’s Brigade | Pickett’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army6

  • Commander:
    • Major John C. Timberlake? (August 10, 1864)7
    • Colonel William R. Aylett8
    • ? (when Aylett was in brigade command)9
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Steuart’s Brigade | Pickett’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army10,11

  • Commander: Major H. A. Edmondson? (September 30, 1864)12
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  • Note: The 53rd Virginia was detached from Steuart’s Brigade and formed part of a temporary Provisional Brigade, Pickett’s Division during the crucial part of the Fifth Offensive which occurred in late September and early October 1864.13,14

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Ninth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Commander:
    • Colonel William R. Aylett? (April 6, 1865)(wounded & captured April 6, 1865)15
    • Captain Henry Edmunds (April 6-9, 1865)16
  • Unit Strength: 86 officers and men surrendered at Appomattox (April 9, 1865)17
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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles18:

  • Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
  • Chaffin’s Farm (September 29, 1864)
  • 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. 245-247
  2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 245-247
  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. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 120
  6. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 128
  7. Trask, Benjamin H. 53rd Virginia Infantry and 5th Battalion Virginia Infantry (H.E. Howard: 1999), p. 78: Timberlake was listed on an August 10, 1864 inspection report, but Timberlake’s CSRs indicate he was on leave from May 11-August 20, 1864.
  8. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 128
  9. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 128
  10. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 137
  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. 1311.
  12. Trask, Benjamin H. 53rd Virginia Infantry and 5th Battalion Virginia Infantry (H.E. Howard: 1999), p. 76: Edmondson commanded five companies and Captain Henry Edmunds commanded the other five companies in an attempt to retake lines lost in the Battle of Fort Harrison.  The way this is written leads me to believe Edmondson was probably in command pending more candidates found and a look at the Compiled Service Records.
  13. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 137
  14. 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.
  15. Trask, Benjamin H. 53rd Virginia Infantry and 5th Battalion Virginia Infantry (H.E. Howard: 1999), p. 85: The text mentions Aylett and Lt. Colonel John C. Timberlake were both captured at Sayler’s Creek, but Aylett may have been in command of the brigade at the time.  I am not sure if Steuart still commanded.  More research is needed.
  16. Trask, Benjamin H. 53rd Virginia Infantry and 5th Battalion Virginia Infantry (H.E. Howard: 1999), pp. 85, 157: Edmunds assumed command at Sayler’s Creek after the colonel and lt. colonel were captured.  The roster indicated Edmunds was in command at the surrender.
  17. Trask, Benjamin H. 53rd Virginia Infantry and 5th Battalion Virginia Infantry (H.E. Howard: 1999), p. 87: 8 officers and 78 men
  18. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 245-247

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