|April 20||The Richmond Purcell (Virginia) Artillery was organized at Richmond for one year’s service under the command of Captain R. Lindsay Walker (VMI Class of 1845), 1st Lieutenant D. C. Hagerty and 2nd Lieutenants W. R. J. Pegram and W. J. Dabney.|
|April 21||Ordered to proceed via the Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad to Aquia Creek Landing.|
|May 22-28||At Pratt’s Point on the south bank of Aquia Creek.|
|May 31-June 1||
Skirmish at Aquia Creek
The battery exchanged fore with the Federal gunboats U.S.S. Thomas Freeborn, U.S.S. Anacostia, and U.S.S. Resolute, and U.S.S. Pawnee. It was armed with four 6 pounder Rifles.
|July 1||The battery was accepted in Confederate service in the District of the Aquia, Department of Fredericksburg|
|July 18||Ordered to Manassas Junction along with the 1st Arkansas Infantry Regiment and the 2nd Tennessee Infantry Regiment.|
|July 20||Arried at Camp Wigfall at Willcoxen’s farm, four miles south of Dumfries. Assigned to the Reserve Brigade, Army of the Potomac.|
|July-September||Assigned to District of the Aquia, Department of Fredericksburg|
|August 23||Potomac Creek (section)|
|September-October||Assigned to Walker’s Brigade, District of the Aquia, Department of Fredericksburg|
|October-March||Assigned to Walker’s Brigade, Aquia District, Department of Northern Virginia|
|October 4||The Monroe Dixie Artillery was disbanded as seriously lacking in equipment and personnel and its 32 men were assigned to the Purcell Battery.|
|March||Captain Walker was promoted to major and became Chief of Artillery for Hill’s Division. Lieutenant Pegram was promoted to captain and took command of the battery.|
|June||Assigned to Artillery Battalion, A. P. Hill’s Divsion, Army of Northern Virginia|
|June-July||Hill’s Division was assigned to Longstreet’s Command|
|June 25-July 1||
Seven Days Battles
Beaver Dam Creek (Mechanicsville)
The battery held its ground under heavy enemy fire. Four guns were disabled, over fifty men killed or wounded, and half the horses were killed.
|July||Assigned to Field’s Brigade, A. P. Hill’s Divsion, Longstreet’s Command, Army of Northern Virginia|
|July-May||Assigned to Artillery Battalion, A. P. Hill’s Divsion, Jackson’s Command, Army of Northern Virginia|
Battle of Cedar Mountain
Battle of Warrenton Springs
Battle of Chantilly
The battery was commanded at Sharpsburg by Captain William J. Pegram. It was equipped with two 10 ounder Parrott Rifles and two 12 pounder Napoleons. Part of the battery was left behind at Harpers Ferry. It lost one man killed and 13 men wounded including Captain Pegram, who was lightly wounded in the head.
From the marker on the battlefield t the intersection of Harpers Ferry Road and Branch Avenue:
Pegram’s (Virginia) Battery followed McIntosh’s to the field and occupied this spot. One gun was advanced about 580 vards down the ravine in the direction of Snavely’s Ford but was quickly driven back…
The four Batteries were actively engaged on the afternoon of the 17th, and remained in position until the Confederate Army retired from the field.
Captain Pegram was promoted to major and given command of the artillery battalion. Lieutenant Joseph McGraw was promoted to captain and took command of the battery.
|May-July||Assigned to Pegram’s Battalion, Reserve Artillery. 3rd Corps, Army of Northern Virginia|
The battery was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Captain Joseph McGraw. It was equipped with four 12 pounder Napoleons and brought 89 men to the field.
From the battery’s marker on the Gettysburg battlefield along West Confederate Avenue:
July 1. In position south of the Chambersburg Pike on the ridge west of Herr’s Tavern and actively engaged.
July 2. Early in the morning occupied this position and took part in the day’s conflict with the Union batteries and now and then dropped a shell among the busy sharpshooters.
July 3. Remained here and actively participated in all the operations of the artillery.
July 4. Withdrew about sunset and began the march to Hagerstown.
Losses not reported in detail.
|July||Assigned to Pegram’s Battalion, Artillery, 3rd Corps, Army of Northern Virginia|
Battle of Bristoe Station
Mine Run Campaign
Battle of North Anna
Sqirrel Level Road