6th New York Heavy Artillery

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Muster In: Organized at Yonkers, N.Y., as the 135th Regiment Infantry, and mustered In September 2, 1862. Designation changed October 3, 1862.1
Muster Out: August 24, 18652

Commander(s):
Lieutenant Colonel George C. Kibbe
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Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Baker
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Major Edward Jones
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Major Absalom Crookston
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Third Brigade | Second Division | V Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army3,4

Second Offensive Order of Battle: Third Brigade | Second Division | V Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army6,7

Third Offensive Order of Battle: Third Brigade | Second Division | V Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army10,11,12

  • Commander: Major Absalom Crookston (July 31, 1864)13
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: Ordered to Washington, D.C., shortly after August 9, 1864, and duty in the Defenses of that city until September.14,15,16

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle:

Third Brigade | Second Division | V Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army (August 1-(15?), 1864)17

Moved to Washington, D. C. around August 15, 1864 and arrived on August 16, 1864.18

  • Commander:
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  •  Note: Ordered to Washington, D.C., shortly after August 9, 1864, and duty in the Defenses of that city until September.19,20,21

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not present at the Siege of Petersburg.22

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not present at the Siege of Petersburg.23

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Second Brigade | Defenses of Bermuda Hundred | Army of the James | Union Army24

  • Commander: Major George C. Kibbe (December 31, 1864)25
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  • Note: Returned to the Siege of Petersburg in December 1864.26

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Second Brigade | Defenses of Bermuda Hundred | Army of the James | Union Army27,28

  • Commander: Major (Lieutenant Colonel) George C. Kibbe (January 31 & February 28, 1865)29,30
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Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Second Brigade | Defenses of Bermuda Hundred | Army of the James | Union Army31,32

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Baker (March 31, 1865)33
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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles34:

  • Before Petersburg June 16-18.
  • Siege of Petersburg June 16-July 9.
  • Ordered to Washington, D.C., and duty in the Defenses of that city until September.
  • Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign September to December.
  • Battle of Cedar Creek October 19.
  • Duty in the Shenandoah Valley until December.
  • Moved to Bermuda Hundred, Va., and duty in the Defenses at that point until March, 1865.
  • Fort Brady January 24, 1865.
  • Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9.
  • 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. 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. 224
    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. 546
    5. Volume 14 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 6th New York Heavy Artillery Entry, Page 11; Summary Statements of Quarterly Returns of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores on Hand in Regular and Volunteer Army Organizations, 1862-1867, 1870-1876. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1281, Roll 7); Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, 1797-1969, Record Group 156; National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
    6. 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. 224
    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. 546
    8. 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. 546
    9. Volume 14 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 6th New York Heavy Artillery Entry, Page 11; Summary Statements of Quarterly Returns of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores on Hand in Regular and Volunteer Army Organizations, 1862-1867, 1870-1876. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1281, Roll 7); Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, 1797-1969, Record Group 156; National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
    10. 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 255
    11. 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 732
    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 XL, Part 3 (Serial Number 82), page 732
    14. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3) : Dyer’s Compendium mentions both that this regiment left Petersburg on July 9, 1864 and that the regiment remained part of 3/2/V/AotP into August.  The Official Records organization for July 31, 1864, cited next, shows the 6th NYHA still present with its brigade.  I have chosen to use the ORs with Dyer’s August date.  It seems clear the regiment did not leave for Washington until August 1864.
    15. 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 732
    16. Irving, Theodore. “More than Conqueror”, or, Memorials of Col. J. Howard Kitching, Sixth New York Artillery, Army of the Potomac. 1st ed., Hurd and Houghton, 1873, pp. 173-174: In a book on Colonel Kitching, Theodore Irving includes letters written by the Colonel during the war.  It is clear the 6th NYHA was still at the Siege of Petersburg at the time of the wharf explosion at City Point, which occurred on August 9, 1864. The regiment seems to have left shortly after for Washington, D.C.
    17. Irving, Theodore. “More than Conqueror”, or, Memorials of Col. J. Howard Kitching, Sixth New York Artillery, Army of the Potomac. 1st ed., Hurd and Houghton, 1873, p. 181: In a book on Colonel Kitching, Theodore Irving includes letters written by the Colonel during the war.  On page 181, Irving explains that Kitching left the Siege of Petersburg with “his command,” presumably meaning what had been 3/2/V/AotP, the 6th NYHA and the 15th NYHA, and arrived in Washington, D. C. on August 16, 1864.  Since I do not know exactly when these forces left the Siege, and I do know it took a streamer about 24 hours to get from City Point to Washington, D. C., I have assumed Kitching’s Brigade boarded transports on August 15, 1864 to leave the Siege of Petersburg. More research is required to solidify that date or find out it was earlier.
    18. Irving, Theodore. “More than Conqueror”, or, Memorials of Col. J. Howard Kitching, Sixth New York Artillery, Army of the Potomac. 1st ed., Hurd and Houghton, 1873, p. 181: In a book on Colonel Kitching, Theodore Irving includes letters written by the Colonel during the war.  On page 181, Irving explains that Kitching left the Siege of Petersburg with “his command,” presumably meaning what had been 3/2/V/AotP, the 6th NYHA and the 15th NYHA, and arrived in Washington, D. C. on August 16, 1864.  Since I do not know exactly when these forces left the Siege, and I do know it took a streamer about 24 hours to get from City Point to Washington, D. C., I have assumed Kitching’s Brigade boarded transports on August 15, 1864 to leave the Siege of Petersburg. More research is required to solidify that date or find out it was earlier.
    19. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3) : Dyer’s Compendium mentions both that this regiment left Petersburg on July 9, 1864 and that the regiment remained part of 3/2/V/AotP into August.  The Official Records organization for July 31, 1864, cited next, shows the 6th NYHA still present with its brigade.  I have chosen to use the ORs with Dyer’s August date.  It seems clear the regiment did not leave for Washington until August 1864.
    20. Irving, Theodore. “More than Conqueror”, or, Memorials of Col. J. Howard Kitching, Sixth New York Artillery, Army of the Potomac. 1st ed., Hurd and Houghton, 1873, pp. 173-174: In a book on Colonel Kitching, Theodore Irving includes letters written by the Colonel during the war.  It is clear that Kitching, now commanding the 6th NYHA’s brigade (3/2/V/AotP)) was still at the Siege of Petersburg at the time of the wharf explosion at City Point, which occurred on August 9, 1864. The regiment seems to have left shortly after for Washington, D.C.
    21. Irving, Theodore. “More than Conqueror”, or, Memorials of Col. J. Howard Kitching, Sixth New York Artillery, Army of the Potomac. 1st ed., Hurd and Houghton, 1873, p. 181: In a book on Colonel Kitching, Theodore Irving includes letters written by the Colonel during the war.  On page 181, Irving explains that Kitching left the Siege of Petersburg with “his command,” which seems to mean only the 6th NYHA rather than his entire brigade, and arrived in Washington, D. C. on August 16, 1864.  Since I do not know exactly when these forces left the Siege, and I do know it took a streamer about 24 hours to get from City Point to Washington, D. C., I have assumed Kitching’s Brigade boarded transports on August 15, 1864 to leave the Siege of Petersburg. More research is required to solidify that date or find out it was earlier.
    22. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    23. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    24. 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 1127: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
    25. 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 1127: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
    26. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    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 338: “Organization of the Union Forces” (January 31, 1865)
    28. 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 752: “Organization of the Union Forces” (February 28, 1865)
    29. 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 338: “Organization of the Union Forces” (January 31, 1865)
    30. 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 752: “Organization of the Union Forces” (February 28, 1865)
    31. 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 576: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 1865)
    32. 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 593: “Return of casualties in the Union Forces commanded by Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, March 29-April 9, 1865”
    33. 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 576: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 1865)
    34. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)

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