2nd United States Colored Artillery, Battery B

   

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Muster In: Organized at Fort Monroe, Va., January 8, 1864.1
Muster Out: Mustered out March 17, 1866.2

Commander(s):
Captain Francis C. Choate
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Commander 2
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Commander 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | XVIII Corps | Army of the James | Union Army3,4

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Second Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | XVIII Corps | Army of the James | Union Army5,6

  • Commander: Captain Francis C. Choate (June 30, 1864)7
  • Unit Strength: >114 officers and men PFD (June 30, 1864)8
  • Weapons:
  • Note: At some point in late June this battery was moved to an unattached position with the Army of the James.  More research is needed to find out exactly when this occurred.9

Third Offensive Order of Battle:

Unattached | Army of the James | Union Army (July 1-7, 1864)10

Portsmouth, VA | Department of Virginia and North Carolina | Union Army (July 7-31, 1864)11

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  • Note: Ordered to Portsmouth, Va., July 7, and duty there until May, 1865.12

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Portsmouth, Va. | District of Eastern Virginia | Department of Virginia and North Carolina | Union Army13

  • No longer present at the Siege of Petersburg.14

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Portsmouth, VA | Department of Virginia and North Carolina | Union Army

  • No longer present at the Siege of Petersburg.15

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Portsmouth, VA | Department of Virginia and North Carolina | Union Army

  • No longer present at the Siege of Petersburg.16

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Portsmouth, VA | Department of Virginia and North Carolina | Union Army

  • No longer present at the Siege of Petersburg.17

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Portsmouth, VA | Department of Virginia and North Carolina | Union Army

  • No longer present at the Siege of Petersburg.18

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Portsmouth, VA | Department of Virginia and North Carolina | Union Army

  • No longer present at the Siege of Petersburg.19

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles20:

  • Petersburg, Va., June 9.
  • Before Petersburg June 15-18.
  • Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond until July 7.
  • Ordered to Portsmouth, Va., July 7, and duty there until May, 1865.

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. 237
    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. 555
    5. 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. 237
    6. 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. 555
    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. 552
    8. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), pp. 163-178: The unit had this number of officers and men “present for duty equipped” on June 30, 1864.  Present for Duty Equipped attempts to strip away anyone not actually going into combat.  Those non-combatants are included in PFD, the way I represent unit strengths across this web site for consistency.  So the unit had at least this number of officers and men PFD, though we know that number is higher.
    9. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    10. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    11. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    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 XLII, Part 2 (Serial Number 88), page 623: “Organization of the Army of the Potomac…August 31, 1864”
    14. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    15. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    16. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    17. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    18. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    19. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    20. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)

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