New York Light Artillery, 33rd Battery

   

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Muster In: Organized at Buffalo, N.Y., and mustered in at Elmira, N.Y., September 4, 1863.1
Muster Out: Mustered out June 25, 1865.2

Commander(s):
Captain Alger M. Wheeler
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First Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | Third Division | X Corps | Army of the James | Union Army3,4

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  • Weapons: 6 x 3-inch Ordnance Rifles (March 31, 1864)5

Second Offensive Order of Battle: (First Brigade OR Artillery Brigade) | Third Division | X Corps | Army of the James | Union Army6,7

  • Commander: Captain Alger M. Wheeler (June 30, 1864)8
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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | Third Division | X Corps | Army of the James | Union Army9,10

  • Commander: Captain Alger M. Wheeler (July 31, 1864)11
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | X Corps | Army of the James | Union Army12

  • Commander: Captain Alger M. Wheeler (August 31, 1864)13
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Separate Brigade | Army of the James | Union Army14

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Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Separate Brigade | Army of the James | Union Army15

  • Commander: Captain Alger M. Wheeler (October 31, 1864)16
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Fort Pocahontas | Separate Brigade | Army of the James | Union Army17

  • Commander: Captain Alger M. Wheeler (December 31, 1864)18
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Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Fort Pocahontas | Separate Brigade | Army of the James | Union Army19,20

  • Commander: Captain Alger M. Wheeler (January 31 & February 28, 1865)21,22
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Ninth Offensive Order of Battle:

Fort Pocahontas | Separate Brigade | Army of the James | Union Army (March 1-?, 1865)

Artillery | Defenses of Bermuda Hundred | Army of the James | Union Army (March ?-April 2, 1865)23,24

  • Commander: Captain Alger M. Wheeler (March 31, 1865)25
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  • Note: At some point in March 1865, the 33rd NY Lt. Battery transferred from the Separate Brigade to the Defenses of Bermuda Hundred.  More research is need to find the exact date.

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles26:

  • Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond June 15, 1864, to April 2, 1865.
  • Assaults on Petersburg June 15-18, 1864.
  • Assigned to duty as Garrison Artillery at Fort Pocahontas on James River until January, 1865.
  • Duty in the Defenses of Bermuda Hundred, Va., until April.
  • Operations resulting in the fall of Petersburg and Richmond March 28-April 2.
  • Duty at Petersburg until June.

Bibliography:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

      Sources:

      1. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      2. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      3. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), p. 234: This list of casualties for June 15-30, 1864 indicates the 33rd New York Battery was a part of 1/3/X/AotJ, but it doesn’t indicate when the unit was detached.
      4. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 554: This organization of the Union Army list shows the 33rd New York Battery as being the sole unit in the Artillery Brigade, Third Division, X Corps, Army of the James on June 30, 1864.  I am unsure when the unit was detached from the First Brigade to the Artillery Brigade.  I suspect I’ll find the answer in Part 2 or 3 of Volume XL of the Official Records.  More research is needed.
      5. Volume 3 (Ordnance Returns for the First Quarter, January-March, 1864); 33rd Battery New York Light Artillery Entry, Page 131; Summary Statements of Quarterly Returns of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores on Hand in Regular and Volunteer Army Organizations, 1862-1867, 1870-1876. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1281, Roll 1); Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, 1797-1969, Record Group 156; National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.: Not many returns exist for June 30, 1864, and none exist past that, so I’ve made the decision to include the March 31, 1864 ordnance return data in the absence of better information.  I’ll add more immediate reports of tube numbers and types as they are found.
      6. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), p. 234: This list of casualties for June 15-30, 1864 indicates the 33rd New York Battery was a part of 1/3/X/AotJ, but it doesn’t indicate when the unit was detached.
      7. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 554: This organization of the Union Army list shows the 33rd New York Battery as being the sole unit in the Artillery Brigade, Third Division, X Corps, Army of the James on June 30, 1864.  I am unsure when the unit was detached from the First Brigade to the Artillery Brigade.  I suspect I’ll find the answer in Part 2 or 3 of Volume XL of the Official Records.  More research is needed.
      8. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 554
      9. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), page 265
      10. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 3 (Serial Number 82), page 739
      11. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 3 (Serial Number 82, page 739
      12. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 2 (Serial Number 88), page 620: “Organization of the Army of the Potomac…August 31, 1864”
      13. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 2 (Serial Number 88), page 620: “Organization of the Army of the Potomac…August 31, 1864”
      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. 1302.
      15. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 468: “Organization of the Union Forces” (October 31, 1864)”
      16. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 468: “Organization of the Union Forces” (October 31, 1864)”
      17. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 1128: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
      18. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 1128: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
      19. 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 339: “Organization of the Union Forces” (January 31, 1865)
      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 752: “Organization of the Union Forces” (February 28, 1865)
      21. 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 339: “Organization of the Union Forces” (January 31, 1865)
      22. 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 752: “Organization of the Union Forces” (February 28, 1865)
      23. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), page 577: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 1865)
      24. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), page 593: “Return of casualties in the Union Forces commanded by Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, March 29-April 9, 1865”
      25. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), page 577: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 1865)
      26. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)

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