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Muster In: Organized at Wilmington, Del., October, 1864.1

Muster Out: June 5, 18652

Commander(s):
Captain Robert J. Holt
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Captain John N. Richards
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Commander 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not yet in existence.3

Second Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not yet in existence.4

Third Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not yet in existence.5

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not yet in existence.6

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Engineer Brigade and Defenses of City Point | Army of the Potomac | Union Army (October 13, 1864)

  • Commander:
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: The 8th Delaware arrived at City Point on October 13, 1864. It was placed on duty in the Defenses of City Point, Va., and provost duty at General Army Headquarters until March 16, 1865.7

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Engineer Brigade and Defenses of City Point | Army of the Potomac | Union Army8

  • Commander: Captain Robert J. Holt (October 31, 1864)9
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: The 8th Delaware had three companies at City Point.10

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Army of the Potomac | Union Army11

  • Commander: Captain Robert J. Holt (December 31, 1864)12
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: The 8th Delaware had three companies at City Point.13

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Army of the Potomac | Union Army14,15

  • Commander: Captain John N. Richards (January 31 & February 28, 1865)16,15
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: The 8th Delaware had three companies at City Point.18,19

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle:

Provost Guard | Army of the Potomac | Union Army (March 1-17, 1865)20

Third Brigade | Second Division | V Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army (March 18-31, 1865)21,22

  • Commander: Captain John N. Richards (March 31, 1865)23
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: The 8th Delaware consisted of three (3)  companies at this time.24
  • Note: The 8th Delaware performed duty in the Defenses of City Point, Va., and provost duty at General Army Headquarters until March 16, 1865. The unit then joined the 5th Corps, Army of the Potomac on March 18 and was assigned to 3/2/V/AotP.25,26

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles27:

  • Ordered to City Point, Va., reporting there October 13, 1864.
  • Duty in the Defenses of City Point, Va., and provost duty at General Army Headquarters until March 16, 1865.
  • Joined 5th Army Corps March 18.
  • Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9.
  • Lewis Farm, near Gravelly Run, March 29.
  • White Oak Ridge March 31.
  • Five Forks April 1.
  • Fall of Petersburg April 2.

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. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    4. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    5. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    6. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    7. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    8. 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)”
    9. 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)”
    10. 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)”
    11. 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 1114: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
    12. 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 1114: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
    13. 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 1114: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
    14. 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 324: “Organization of the Union Forces” (January 31, 1865)
    15. 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 738: “Organization of the Union Forces” (February 28, 1865)
    16. 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 324: “Organization of the Union Forces” (January 31, 1865)
    17. 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 738: “Organization of the Union Forces” (February 28, 1865)
    18. 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 324: “Organization of the Union Forces” (January 31, 1865)
    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 738: “Organization of the Union Forces” (February 28, 1865)
    20.  A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    21. 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 570: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 1865)
    22. 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 585: “Return of casualties in the Union Forces commanded by Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, March 29-April 9, 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 570: “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 570: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 1865)
    25.  A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    26. 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 585: “Return of casualties in the Union Forces commanded by Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, March 29-April 9, 1865”
    27. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)

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    Capt Robert J Holt November 22, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Capt Robert J. Holt is my GGF and his executive officer was his brother-in-law 1LT or 2LT Arron Shaw. Aaron was presented a Sword by his men which the Shaw family still had as of 6-8 years ago. I been trying to find my GGF’s Sword. Robert J Holt (the “J” was JOHN and he died at the Old Solders home in Hampton , VA after the war in 1898.

    Robert was also in the following Delaware Infantry Regt’s during the Civil War;
    Co C 1st Del Inf
    Co K 2nd Del Inf
    Co G 7th Del Inf
    Co A 8th Del Inf

    Reviewing his Pension record, he was a Battalion Commander or acting Commander.

    CRHolt

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