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Muster In: Organized at Portsmouth May 31 to June 8, 1861.1
Muster Out: Mustered out December 19, 1865.2

Commander(s):
Lieutenant Colonel Joab N. Patterson
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Major John D. Cooper
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | XVIII Corps | Army of the James | Union Army3,4

  • Commander:
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  • Weapons: ? (This unit only has one company listed in the June 30, 1864 Ordnance return, and no weapons are listed.  Further research is needed.)

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

  • Commander: Major John D. Cooper (June 30, 1864)7
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons: ? (This unit only has one company listed in the June 30, 1864 Ordnance return, and no weapons are listed.  Further research is needed.)

Third Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | XVIII Corps | Army of the James | Union Army8,9

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Joab N. Patterson (July 31, 1864)10
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | First Division | XVIII Corps | Army of the James | Union Army11

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Joab N. Patterson (August 31, 1864)12
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle:

Separate Brigade | Army of the James | Union Army (until October 1, 1864)13

Third Brigade | First Division | Army of the James | Union Army (from October 1-15, 1864)14

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  • Note: This regiment rejoined 3/1/XVIII/AotJ on October 1, 1864.15

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Third Brigade | First Division | XVIII Corps | Army of the James | Union Army16,17

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Joab N. Patterson (October 31, 1864)18
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle:

Third Brigade | First Division | XVIII Corps | Army of the James | Union Army (November 1-December 3, 1864)19

Third Brigade | Third Division | XXIV Corps | Army of the James | Union Army (December 3-31, 1864)20

  • Commander: Major John D. Cooper (December 31, 1864)21
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  • Note: On December 3, 1864, the X Corps and XVIII Corps of the Army of the James were reorganized into the XXIV Corps and the XXV Corps.

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Third Brigade | Third Division | XXIV Corps | Army of the James | Union Army22,23

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Joab N. Patterson (January 31 & February 28, 1865)24,25
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Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Third Brigade | Third Division | XXIV Corps | Army of the James | Union Army26,27

  • Commander: Lieutenant  Colonel Joab N. Patterson (March 31, 1865)28
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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles29:

  • Non-Veterans left front June 8, and mustered out June 21, 1864.
  • Regiment detached from Brigade June 9, and assigned to duty at Corps Headquarters until August 13.
  • Assaults on Petersburg June 15-19.
  • Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865.
  • Duty in trenches before Petersburg August 18 to September 1.
  • Ordered to Wilson’s Landing September 1 and duty there until October 1.
  • Expedition to Barnett’s Ferry September 27-28.
  • Moved to Aikens Landing October 1.
  • Duty in trenches before Richmond until March 3, 1865.
  • Battle of Fair Oaks October 27-28, 1864.
  • Moved to Fort Monroe, Va., March 4-5;
  • thence to White House Landing March 18 to establish a depot for General Sheridan’s Cavalry, and duty there until March 24.
  • March to lines north of the James March 24-28.
  • Occupation of Richmond April 3.
  • Duty there and at Manchester until July.

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. 235
    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: This organizational chart describes the 2nd New Hampshire and the 79th New York as “Unattached, XVIII Corps”, but it is clear these units were still functioning as the Provost Guard of the XVIII Corps at the end of June 1864.
    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. 235
    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: This organizational chart describes the 2nd New Hampshire and the 79th New York as “Unattached, XVIII Corps”, but it is clear these units were still functioning as the Provost Guard of the XVIII Corps at the end of June 1864.
    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. 555
    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), page 265
    9. 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 741: This source shows them as unattached but operating with the Eighteenth Corps.
    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 741
    11. 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 621: “Organization of the Army of the Potomac…August 31, 1864”
    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 621: “Organization of the Army of the Potomac…August 31, 1864”
    13. 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.
    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. 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.
    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 466: “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 1 (Serial Number 87), page 151: “Return of Casualties in the Union Forces…Fair Oaks and Darbytown Road, Va., October 27-28, 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 466: “Organization of the Union Forces” (October 31, 1864)”
    19.  A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    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 1125: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 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 1125: “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 XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 335: “Organization of the Union Forces” (January 31, 1865)
    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 749: “Organization of the Union Forces” (February 28, 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 335: “Organization of the Union Forces” (January 31, 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 749: “Organization of the Union Forces” (February 28, 1865)
    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 578: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 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 595: “Return of casualties in the Union Forces commanded by Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, March 29-April 9, 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 578: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 1865)
    29. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)

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