Albemarle Artillery

Descendants Association

12th Battalion, Virginia Light Artillery

Participated in the Breakthrough Battle at Petersburg on April 2, 1865

Fought on or near the present day grounds of Pamplin Historical Park

Sturdivant's Battery [also called Albemarle Artillery] was organized in March, 1862. This unit served as an independent command, but for a time in 1864 was part of the 12th Battalion Virginia Artillery. It was stationed at Petersburg and in March, 1863, contained 4 officers and 76 men. Attached to F. J. Boggs' Battalion the company was active south of the James River. On June 15, 1864, many of the men and two guns were captured. Later it served in N. A. Sturdivant's Battalion of Artillery and surrendered 3 officers and 45 men at Appomattox. Captain Nathaniel A. Sturdivant was in command.

Armed with two 3-inch Rifles, one 12-lb. Howitzer and one 10-lb. Parrott on July 1-3, 1863. Armed with two 10-lb. Parrotts and one 12-lb. Napolean on December 28, 1864.

Commander: William H. Southall (Captain)
Captain: James Walter Wyatt and Charles F. Johnson


October 1861-January 1862: Artillery, Department of the Peninsula
July 1862: Brown's Battalion, Reserve Artillery, Army of Northern Virginia
June-July 1863: Artillery Battalion, Pender's Division, 3rd Corps, Army of Northern Virginia
July 1863-April 1865: Poague's Battalion, Artillery, 3rd Corps, Army of Northern Virginia



Yorktown Siege (April-May 1862)
New Bern (March 14, 1862)
Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863)
Falling Waters (July 14, 1863)
Bristoe Campaign (October 1863)
Mine Run Campaign (November-December 1863)
The Wilderness (May 5-6, 1864)
Spotsylvania Court Hose (May 8-21, 1864)
North Anna (May 23-26, 1864)
Cold Harbor (June 1-3, 1864)
Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
Appomattox Court House (April 9, 1865)

Surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Virginia on April 9, 1865



Albemarle Artillery

Soldier's Notes


Albemarle Artillery

Descendants Roll Call


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Not For Fame Or Reward
Not For Place Or For Rank
Not Lured By Ambition
Or Goaded By Necessity
But In Simple
Obedience To Duty
As They Understood It
These Men Suffered All - Sacrificed All
Dared all - And Died

Inscription written by Dr. Randolph Harrison McKim and carved

on the north side of the Confederate Memorial sculpted by Moses Ezekiel

located at Arlington National Cemetery

Important Links

Two Brothers: One North, One South

by David H. Jones

The Final Battles of the Petersburg

Campaign by A. Wilson Greene


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Museum of the Civil War Soldier






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