Petersburg Virginia Artillery (Graham’s VA Battery)

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Muster In: Organized in Petersburg on April 25, 1843. Enlisted in 4th Virginia Infantry Battalion (Militia) on April 19, 1861. Reorganized as horse artillery in May 1862.1
Muster Out: April 9, 18652

Commander(s):
Captain Edward Graham
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Commander 2
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Commander 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Breathed’s Artillery Battalion | Horse Artillery | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army3

  • Commander: Captain Edward Graham (June 15, 1864)4
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons: 2 x 12 lb Napoleons (1 section) (at Baylor’s Farm, June 15, 1864) (lost 1 Napoleon captured on June 15)5

Second Offensive Order of Battle: Breathed’s Artillery Battalion | Horse Artillery | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army6

  • Commander: Captain Edward Graham7
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Third Offensive Order of Battle: Breathed’s Artillery Battalion | Horse Artillery | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army8

  • Commander: Captain Edward Graham9
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Breathed’s Artillery Battalion | Horse Artillery | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army10

  • Commander:
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Chew’s Artillery Battalion | Horse Artillery | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army11,12

  • Commander: Captain Edward Graham13
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: This battery typically operated with Dearing’s Brigade, Cavalry Corps, Army of Northern Virginia.14

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Chew’s Artillery Battalion | Horse Artillery | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army15

  • Commander: Captain Edward Graham16
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: This battery typically operated with Dearing’s Brigade, Cavalry Corps, Army of Northern Virginia. (need source, probably on an inspection)

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Chew’s Artillery Battalion | Horse Artillery | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army17,18

  • Commander: Captain Edward Graham (November & December 1864)19,20
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons: 2 x 12-lb. Howitzer, 2 x 3-inch Rifles (December 28, 1864)21
  • Note: This battery typically operated with Dearing’s Brigade, Cavalry Corps, Army of Northern Virginia. (need source)

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Chew’s Artillery Battalion | Horse Artillery | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army22,23,24

  • Commander:
    • None listed. (January 1865)25
    • Captain Edward Graham (February 1865)26
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: This battery typically operated with Dearing’s Brigade, Cavalry Corps, Army of Northern Virginia.27

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Chew’s Artillery Battalion | Horse Artillery | Cavalry Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army28

  • Commander:
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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles29:

Bibliography:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

    Sources:

    1. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 62-63
    2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 62-63
    3. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 114
    4. “Rebel Accounts of Affairs at Petersburg.” The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), June 20, 1864, p. 1, col. 5 AND p. 8, col. 1
    5. “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.
    6. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 114
    7. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 114
    8. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 123
    9. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 123
    10. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 133
    11. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 141
    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. 1310.
    13. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 141
    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. 1310.
    15. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 151
    16. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 151
    17. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 159
    18. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 168
    19. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 159
    20. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 168
    21. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 62-63
    22. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 177
    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 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.
    24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 187
    25. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 177
    26. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 187
    27. 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 1273: “Organization of the Infantry and Cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia, General R. E. Lee, C. S. Army, commanding, February 28, 1865”; This order of battle was based off of inspection reports from February 28, 1865.  However, leaders listed are from January.  I’ve chosen to ignore the leaders and just use this source for the organization of the order of battle.
    28.  Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 62-63
    29. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 62-63
    30. From the Front.” The Daily Express (Petersburg, VA). June 14, 1864, p. 2 col. 3
    31. “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.
    32. “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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