1st Rhode Island Light Artillery, Battery E

   

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Muster In: Organized at Providence September 23, 1861.1
Muster Out: Mustered out June 11, 1865.2

Commander(s):
Captain William B. Rhodes
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Lieutenant Ezra K. Parker
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Commander 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | VI Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army3,4

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  • Weapons: 6 x 12-lb. Napoleons (March 31, 1864)5

Second Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | VI Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army 6,7

  • Commander: Captain William B. Rhodes (June 30, 1864)8
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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Reserve Artillery | Army of the Potomac | Union Army9,10

  • Commander: Captain William B. Rhodes (July 31, 1864)11
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  • Note: Moved to Baltimore, Md, July 9-16, thence back to City Point, Va., July 17-19.12
  • Note: This unit was detached from the Sixth Corps on July 10, 1864 when that unit left for Washington, D. C.13,14

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: VI Corps Artillery | Reserve Artillery | Army of the Potomac | Union Army15

  • Commander: Captain William B. Rhodes (August 31, 1864)16
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: VI Corps Artillery | Reserve Artillery | Army of the Potomac | Union Army17

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  • Note: All of the remaining VI Corps batteries at Petersburg comprised “Harn’s demi-brigade” during the Fifth Offensive, and possibly in earlier and later offensives.  This demi-brigade was attached to Major John Hazard’s Second Corps Artillery Brigade during the Fifth Offensive.18

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: VI Corps Artillery | Reserve Artillery | Army of the Potomac | Union Army19

  • Commander: Captain William B. Rhodes (October 31, 1864)20
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | VI Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army21

  • Commander: Lieutenant Ezra K. Parker (December 31, 1864)22
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  • Note: Once the VI Corps Infantry returned to the Siege of Petersburg, the VI Corps Artillery Brigade was removed from the Artillery Reserve and again placed in VI Corps.

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | VI Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army23,24

  • Commander: Lieutenant Ezra K. Parker (January 31 & February 28, 1865)25,26
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Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | VI Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army27,28

  • Commander: Lieutenant Ezra K. Parker (March 31, 1865)29
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  • Note: Temporarily attached to the Artillery Reserve during the Ninth Offensive.30

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles.31:

  • Before Petersburg June 18-22.
  • Jerusalem Plank Road June 22-23.
  • Moved to Baltimore, Md, July 9-16, thence back to City Point, Va., July 17-19.
  • Operations against Petersburg and Richmond July, 1864, to April, 1865.
  • Fall of Petersburg April 2.
  • Ordered to City Point April 3.

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. 228
      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. 548
      5. Volume 3 (Ordnance Returns for the First Quarter, January-March, 1864); 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery, Battery E Entry, Page 151; 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. 228
      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. 548
      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. 548
      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 251
      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 729
      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 729
      12. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      13. 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 251
      14. 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 729
      15. 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 612: “Organization of the Army of the Potomac…August 31, 1864”
      16. 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 612: “Organization of the Army of the Potomac…August 31, 1864”
      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. 1297.
      18. 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. 1297.
      19. 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 458: “Organization of the Union Forces” (October 31, 1864)”
      20. 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 458: “Organization of the Union Forces” (October 31, 1864)”
      21. 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 1120: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
      22. 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 1120: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
      23. 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 331: “Organization of the Union Forces” (January 31, 1865)
      24. 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 744: “Organization of the Union Forces” (February 28, 1865)
      25. 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 331: “Organization of the Union Forces” (January 31, 1865)
      26. 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 744: “Organization of the Union Forces” (February 28, 1865)
      27. 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 565: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 1865)
      28. 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 582: “Return of casualties in the Union Forces commanded by Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, March 29-April 9, 1865”
      29. 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 565: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 1865)
      30. 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 565: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 1865)
      31. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)

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