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Virginia Richmond Parker Battalion Artillery (Confederate)

11 Feb 1862

Participated in the Battle of Fort Donelson at Fort Donelson, TN.

The Battle of Fort Donelson
The Battle of Fort Donelson

Early in the war, Union commanders realized control of the major rivers would be the key to success in the Western Theater. Read More

14 Mar 1862

Virginia Richmond Parker Battalion Artillery organized.

28 Aug 1862

Participated in the Battle of Second Bull Run at Prince William County, Virginia.

The Battle of Second Bull Run
The Battle of Second Bull Run

After the early summer collapse of the Union Peninsula Campaign offensive to capture Richmond, Robert E. Lee sought to move his army north and threaten Washington DC before Union forces could regroup. Read More

17 Sep 1862

Participated in the Battle of Antietam at Sharpsburg, Maryland.

The Battle of Antietam
The Battle of Antietam

The Army of the Potomac, under the command of Maj. Gen. George McClellan, mounted a series of powerful assaults against General Robert E. Lee’s forces along Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg, Maryland, on September 17th, 1862. Read More

13 Dec 1862

Assigned to the Brigade led by Lieutenant Colonel E. Porter Alexander.

Lieutenant Colonel E. Porter Alexander

13 Dec 1862

Participated in the Battle of Fredericksburg at Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The Battle of Fredericksburg
The Battle of Fredericksburg

In early November, Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside took command of the Army of the Potomac, and made immediate plans to move the army once again toward Richmond. Read More

30 Apr 1863

Assigned to the Brigade led by Colonel E. Porter Alexander, and Major Frank Huger.

30 Apr 1863

Participated in the Battle of Chancellorsville at Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

The Battle of Chancellorsville
The Battle of Chancellorsville

On April 27, 1863, Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker launched a turning movement designed to pry Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia out of its lines at Fredericksburg. Read More

01 Jul 1863

Assigned to the Brigade led by Colonel Edward P. Alexander.

01 Jul 1863

Participated in the Battle of Gettysburg at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

The Battle of Gettysburg
The Battle of Gettysburg

In the summer of 1863, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee launched his second invasion of the Northern states. Lee sought to capitalize on recent Confederate victories and defeat the Union army on Northern soil, which he hoped would force the Lincoln administration to negotiate for peace. Lee also sought to take the war out of the ravaged Virginia farmland and gather supplies for his Army of Northern Virginia. Using the Shenandoah Valley as cover for his army, Lee was pursued first by Union Maj. Gen. Joseph Ho… Read More

05 May 1864

Assigned to the Brigade led by Lieutenant Colonel Frank Huger.

Lieutenant Colonel Frank Huger

05 May 1864

Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General Edward P. Alexander.

Brigadier General Edward P. Alexander

05 May 1864

Participated in the Battle of Wilderness at Spotslyvania County, Virginia; Orange County, Virginia.

The Battle of Wilderness
The Battle of Wilderness

The first battle between Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Gen. Robert E. Lee erupted late in the morning of May 5, 1864, as Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren's Union V Corps attacked Lt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell’s Second Corps on the Orange Turnpike southwest of the old Chancellorsville battlefield. Although Federal infantry managed to break through at several points, the Confederate line held. Fighting shifted to the south as Lt. Gen. A.P. Hill's Third Corps engaged Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock's II Corps and ele… Read More

08 May 1864

Participated in the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House at Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

Following the Battle of the Wilderness, Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant marched the Union army south with the hope of capturing Spotsylvania Court House and preventing Robert E. Lee's army from retreating further. Lee's Confederates, however, managed to get ahead of the Federals and block the road. Fighting began on May 8th, when the Union Fifth Corps under Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren and the Sixth Corps under Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick engaged Confederate Maj. Gen. Richard Anderson's First Corps at Laurel Hi… Read More

31 May 1864

Participated in the Battle of Cold Harbor at Hanover Co; near Mechanicsville, VA.

The Battle of Cold Harbor
The Battle of Cold Harbor

After two days of inconclusive fighting along Totopotomoy Creek northeast of Richmond, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Gen. Robert E. Lee turned their sights on the crossroads of Cold Harbor. Roads emanating through this critical junction led to Richmond as well as supply and reinforcement sources for the Union army. On May 31, 1864, Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan’s cavalry captured Cold Harbor. The next day, Sheridan held the crossroads against a Confederate attack. With reinforcements from both armies arriving… Read More

09 Jun 1864

Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General Edward Porter Alexander.

Brigadier General Edward Porter Alexander

27 Jul 1864

Assigned to the Regiment led by Captain W. W. Parker.

Captain W. W. Parker

27 Jul 1864

Assigned to the Brigade led by Lieutenant Colonel F. Huger.

Lieutenant Colonel F. Huger

27 Jul 1864

Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General Edward Porter Alexander, and Lieutenant Colonel F. Huger.

Brigadier General Edward Porter Alexander

Lieutenant Colonel F. Huger

27 Jul 1864

Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General Edward Porter Alexander.

Brigadier General Edward Porter Alexander

27 Jul 1864

Participated in the Battle of First Deep Bottom at Henrico County, Virginia.

The Battle of First Deep Bottom
The Battle of First Deep Bottom

Two weeks after Union forces arrived to invest the Confederate defenders of Petersburg, the battle lines of both sides settled into a stalemate. Since Cold Harbor, Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant was reluctant to mount a large frontal attack against well-entrenched Confederates. By late June, Grant's lines covered most of the eastern approaches to Petersburg, but neither side seemed ready to risk an offensive move. Determined to break the stalemate, Grant agreed to plans to blow up part of the Confederate def… Read More

07 Oct 1864

Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General Edward Porter Alexander.

Brigadier General Edward Porter Alexander

07 Oct 1864

Participated in the Battle of Darbytown and New Market Roads at Henrico County, Virginia.

02 Apr 1865

Participated in the Battle of Third Petersburg at Dinwiddie County, Virginia; Petersburg, Virginia.

The Battle of Third Petersburg
The Battle of Third Petersburg

With the Confederate defeat at Five Forks on April 1st, Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Maj. Gen. George Meade ordered a general assault against the Petersburg lines by the Second, Ninth, Sixth and Twenty-Fourth Corps to take place April 2nd. In the pre-dawn darkness, the Union infantry gained a successful breakthrough where Maj. Gen. Horatio G. Wright's advancing Sixth Corps met the Confederate lines held by Maj. Gen. A. P. Hill near the Boydton Plank Road. Hill was killed trying to reach his troops in t… Read More

06 Apr 1865

Participated in the Battle of Sailor's Creek at Amelia County, Virginia; Prince Edward County, Virginia; Nottoway County, Virginia.

The Battle of Sailor's Creek
The Battle of Sailor's Creek

Five days after Robert E. Lee's men retreated from the trenches of Petersburg, cavalry under Maj. Gen. Phil Sheridan effectively cut off three separate corps of Lee's army near Sailor's Creek, a tributary of the Appomattox River, while the Union Second and Sixth Corps approached from the east. On April 6th, two brigades of Andrew H. Humphrey's Second Corps overwhelmed two brigades of Maj. Gen. John B. Gordon's division as the Confederates struggled to move their supply and artillery trains across the creek… Read More

09 Apr 1865

Participated in the Battle of Appomattox Court House at Appomattox Court House, VA.

The Battle of Appomattox Court House
The Battle of Appomattox Court House

Between 26,000 and 28,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered and were paroled. Read More

09 Apr 1865

Virginia Richmond Parker Battalion Artillery mustered out.

Virginia, United States of America

Field Officers

Brigadier General Edward P. Alexander

Brigadier General Edward Porter Alexander

Colonel E. Porter Alexander

Colonel Edward P. Alexander

Colonel Stephen D. Lee

Captain W. W. Parker

Captain William W. Parker

Lieutenant Colonel E. Porter Alexander

Lieutenant Colonel F. Huger

Lieutenant Colonel Frank Huger

Major General Richard H. Anderson

Major Frank Huger