Confederate Regiments & BatteriesVirginia


1862
March 18 Organized by converting to artillery Company K, 16th Virginia Infantry Regiment, under the command of Captain James Read Branch, head of a Petersburg banking firm.
June-July Assigned to Artillery Battalion, Holmes’ Division, Army of Northern Virginia
June 25-July 1
Seven Days Battles
July Assigned to Artillery Battalion, Department of North Carolina
September-January Assigned to Ransom’s Brigade, Walker’s-Ransom’s Division, Longstreet’s Command, Army of Northern Virginia.
September 17
Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam)

The battery was commanded by Captain James R. Branch. It was equipped with three 12-pounder /Howitzers, one 10-pounder Parrott Rifle, and two 3″ Ordnance Rifles.

From the War Department tablet for Walker’s Division on the Antietam battlefield:

At daybreak of the 17th, Walker’s Division with the Virginia Batteries of French and Branch occupied the rounded hills southeast of this point, supporting the right of Toombs’ command and observing Snavely’s Ford.

Between 8 and 9 A.M., the Batteries moved with the Division to the Dunkard Church, and the duty of watching the ford devolved upon Munford’s Cavalry Brigade of Stuart’s command.

December 13
Battle of Fredericksburg
1863
February Moved to North Carolina and assigned to Ransom’s Brigade, French’s Command, Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia.
February-March Assigned to Ransom’s Brigade, District of Cape Fear, D.H. Hill’s Command, Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia.
March-April Assigned to District of Cape Fear, Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia.
April-May Assigned to District of Cape Fear, Department of North Carolina.
May-June Assigned to Ransom’s Brigade, Department of North Carolina.
May 14 Captain Branch was promoted to major. Captain Richard G. Pegram took command of the battery.
June-July Assigned to Branch’s Battalion, Artillery, Department of North Carolina.
July-September Assigned to Branch’s Artillery Battalion, Ransom’s Division, Department of North Carolina.
September-May Assigned to Branch’s Battalion, Artillery, Department of North Carolina.
1864
May Assigned to Coit’s Battalion, Artillery, Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia.
May 9
Swift Creek
May 16
Drewry’s Bluff
June Assigned to Artillery Battalion, Johnson’s Division, Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia.
June
Siege of Petersburg
June-October Assigned to Coit’s Battalion, Artillery, Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia.
July 30
The Crater
October Assigned to Coit’s Battalion, Artillery, 4th Corps, Army of Northern Virginia.
1865
Aptil 9
Appomattox Court House