Albemarle Virginia Artillery (Sturdivant’s VA Battery)

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Note: This unit was also known as (Second) Company A of the 12th Virginia Artillery Battalion until January 11, 1865.  F. Ray Sibley also refers to this battery as the “Brooke Artillery.”

Muster In: Organized on March 19, 1862.1
Muster Out: Captured as part of Walker’s artillery column on April 8, 18652

Commander(s):
Captain Nathaniel A. Sturdivant
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Lieutenant Charles R. Darracott
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Lieutenant William H. Weisiger
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Boggs’ Artillery Battalion | Artillery | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army3

  • Commander: Captain Nathaniel A. Sturdivant (at least June 15, 1864)(captured June 15, 1864)4,5,6
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  • Weapons: 4 x “guns” (June 15, 1864)7

Second Offensive Order of Battle: Boggs’ Artillery Battalion | Artillery | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army8

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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Boggs’ Artillery Battalion | Artillery | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army9

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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: 12th VA (Boggs’) Artillery Battalion | Artillery | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army10

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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: 12th VA (Boggs’) Artillery Battalion | Artillery | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army11,12

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Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: 12th VA (Boggs’) Artillery Battalion | Artillery | Fourth Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army13

  • Commander: Lieutenant Charles R. Darracott14
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: 12th VA (Boggs’) Artillery Battalion | Artillery | Fourth Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army15,16

  • Commander: Lieutenant William H. Weisiger (November & December 1864)17,18
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  • Weapons:
    • 4 x 12-lb. Napoleons (December 28, 1864)19
    • Also manned 2 x 8-inch mortars, 7 x 12-lb. mortars, and 5 x 24-lb. Coehorn mortars (December 30, 1864)20

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: 12th VA (Boggs’) Artillery Battalion | Artillery | Fourth Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army21,22

  • Commander: None listed for January. Unit not listed for February 1865.(January & February 1865)23,24
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  • Note: Became an independent battery on January 11, 1865, per Special Orders #8, A&IG’s Office.25
  • Note: The 12th VA Artillery Battalion was dissolved on January 11, 1865.  Sturdivant’s Albemarle Virginia Artillery is no longer listed in the orders of battle by F. Ray Sibley.  What happened to this battery after January 11, 1865? More research is needed.

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: 12th VA (Boggs’) Artillery Battalion | Artillery | Fourth Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army (need source, look in VA Regimental History Series book on this unit)

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  • Note: The 12th VA Artillery Battalion was dissolved on January 11, 1865.  Sturdivant’s Albemarle Virginia Artillery is no longer listed in the orders of battle by F. Ray Sibley.  What happened to this battery after January 11, 1865? More research is needed.

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

  • First Battle of Petersburg (June 9, 1864)27
  • Second Battle of Petersburg (June 15-18, 1864)28,29
  • Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
  • Appomattox Court House (April 9, 1865)

Bibliography:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

    Sources:

    1. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 13-14
    2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 13-14
    3. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 115
    4. Affairs in the Vicinity of Petersburg.” Raleigh Confederate. June 20, 1864, p. 2 col. 3-4: “Four guns were captured, and Major Batte and Captain Sturdivant made prisoners, besides some officers and privates who were wounded.”
    5. “Rebel Accounts of Affairs at Petersburg.” The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), June 20, 1864, p. 1, col. 5 AND p. 8, col. 1: The Express account, reprinted in the June 20, 1864 Philadelphia Inquirer, indicates Sturdivant’s Battery and the Captain were captured on June 15, 1864.
    6. “From the Front.” Daily Constitutionalist (Augusta, GA), June 19, 1864, p. 2, col. 2-3, originally printed in The Daily Express (Petersburg, VA), June 16, 1864, page and column(s) unknown.
    7. “Rebel Accounts of Affairs at Petersburg.” The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), June 20, 1864, p. 1, col. 5 AND p. 8, col. 1
    8. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 115
    9. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 125
    10. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 134
    11. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 142
    12. 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. 1314.
    13. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 150
    14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 150
    15. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 158
    16. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 167
    17. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 158
    18. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 167
    19. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 13-14
    20. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 13-14
    21. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 176
    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 1178: “Organization of the Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by General R. E. Lee, January 31, 1865”; This list contains many commanders who were not there.  They were the “official” commanders but may have been gone on leave.  I have used none of the leaders from this list as a result.
    23. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 176
    24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 186
    25. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 13-14
    26. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 13-14
    27. “Southern News.” The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), June 20, 1864, p. 2, col. 1-2
    28. “Rebel Accounts of Affairs at Petersburg.” The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), June 20, 1864, p. 1, col. 5 AND p. 8, col. 1: At sunset the enemy charged our batteries commanding these roads, coming up in line of battle six and seven columns deep.  The brunt of the assault was sustained by the Twenty-sixth (Virginia) and Forty-sixth (Virginia) Regiments of WISE’S Brigade and STURDIVANT’S Battery of four guns.  Five previous assaults were made, the enemy coming up with a yell and making the most determined efforts to carry the works.
    29. “From the Front.” Daily Constitutionalist (Augusta, GA), June 19, 1864, p. 2, col. 2-3, originally printed in The Daily Express (Petersburg, VA), June 16, 1864, page and column(s) unknown.

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