|July||Organized at Portsmouth, Virginia under the command of Colonel David G. Godwin. Assigned to the Department of Norfolk.|
|The 9th, 14th, 38th, 53rd and 57th Virginia were brigaded together under Brigadier General Lewis Armistead in Richard Anderson’s Division of Longstreet’s Command|
|May 31-June 1||
Battle of Seven Pines
|June||The regiment mustered 435 men.|
Battle of Malvern Hill
Captain James J. Phillips of Company f saved the regimental colors.
Commanded by Captain William J. Richardson.
From the War Department marker for Anderson’s Division on the Antietam battlefield:
Anderson’s Division comprising the Brigades of Cumming, Wright, Pryor, Mahone, Featherstone and Armistead crossed the Potomac at Blackford’s Ford about daybreak and between 8 and 10 A. M. arrived upon this part of the field. Armistead’s Brigade was sent to the support of McLaws in the Dunkard Church Woods and the other five Brigades were disposed in the Apple Orchard and on open ground either side of it, between this and Piper’s Lane. The Division advanced in support of a part of D.H. Hill’s Division, then heavily engaged and after a stubborn contest in which portions of the Division reached this point, it was repulsed with heavy loss and fell back to Piper’s Lane and the Hagerstown Pike.
The regiment covered the river bank at Pack Horse Ford. Colonel Hodges, commanding the brigade since Armistead was wounded at Sharpsburg, reported that the brigade consisted of no more than 50 to 60 men.
|November 7||The regiment was transferred with the rest of Armistead’s Brigade to Pickett’s Division of Longstreet’s newly-designated First Army Corps.|
|November 20||Moved to Fredericksburg|
Commanded by Lt. Colonel James Skelton Gilliam
|December||Winter quarters at Guiney Station|
|April 29||Left Suffolk for the Rappahannick|
|June 25||Crossed the Potomac at Williamsport, Maryland|
The regiment was commanded by Major John Crowder Owens and brought about 250 men to the field. It awoke at 3 a.m. and moved to Seminary Ridge, then took part in Pickett’s Charge on July 3 as the support brigade on the right flank of the attack, breaking the Union line at The Angle before being thrown back with heavy casualties. The regiment lost 24 men killed, 70 wounded and 83 missing or captured. Major Owens was mortally wounded, and Captain James J. Phillips of Company F took command of the regiment, then was also wounded.
There were many casualties among the officers. Lieutenant John Niemeyer was killed, and Lieutenants Walter Butts, Richard Chapman and James Robinson were mortally wounded and captured. Lieutenants James Crocker, John Hack and Henry S. Wilkinson were wounded and captured. Captains Henry Allen, Jules Crocker, Marcus Gregory and William Richardson and Lieutenants Henry Britton, Mathew Clay, Henry Gwynn, John Lewis, Edward Varnier, John Vermillion and Samuel Weaver were captured.
From the monument to Armistead’s Brigade on the Gettysburg battlefield:
July 2. Arrived about sunset and bivouacked on the western border of Spangler’s Woods.
July 3. In the forenoon formed line behind Kemper and Garnett east of the woods. When the cannonade ceased advanced to support Kemper’s and Garnett’s Brigades forming the right of Longstreet’s Corps. Its losses being less at first than those of the other brigades it passed the Emmitsburg Road in compact ranks and as the front line was going to pieces near the stone wall pushed forward and many of its men and some from other commands responding to the call and following Gen. L. A. Armistead sprang over the wall into the Angle and continued the desperate struggle until he fell mortally wounded beyond the stone wall.
July 4. Spent the day in reorganization and during the night began the march to Hagerstown.
|July 4-9||Escorted prisoners back to Virginia|
|September||Detached from the Army of Northern Virginia and assigned to the Department of Richmond|
|Spring 1864||To New Bern, North Carolina as part of the brigade of Brigadier General Seth Barton, then returned to Richmond area|
Battle of Chester Station
The successful attack of the brigade was halted by a Federal flank attack.
The regiment lost 47 casualties.
|May 21-23||Rejoined the Army of Northern Virginia, assigned to Kemper’s-Terry’s Brigade, Pickett’s Division, 1st Corps.|
|July 4||Captain James Jasper Phillips was promoted to colonel|
Commanded by Captain John P. Wilson
Battle of Sayler’s Creek
Much of the regiment was captured.
The 9th Virginia surrendered 2 officers and 37 enlisted men.