Hardaway's (Hurt's) Battery

Alabama Light Artillery

Descendants Association

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

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


Hardaway's Battery was initially recruited in Macon, Russell, and Tallapoosa counties and equiped by Robert A. Hardaway, its first captain, with the assistance of John W. Tullis. It was organized on June 1, 1861 and mustered into Confederate service at Lynchburg, Virginia on June 21, 1861.

The battery saw continuous service with the Army of Northern Virginia for the duration of the war. Assigned to McIntosh's Battalion of Artillery, it served at Seven Pines, Mechanicsville, First Cold Harbor, White Oak Swamp, Sharpsburg, Shepherdstown, Upperville, Port Royal, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Bristoe Station, Mine Run, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Hanover Junction, Second Cold Harbor, Dutch Gap, Deep Bottom, Fussell's Mill, Fort Field, Fort Gilmer, Fort Harrison, Henrico Poorhouse, Darbytown Road, Petersburg, and in numerous smaller engagments. The battery contained 110 men in June of 1862; 71 were present for duty at Gettysburg; and 94 were present in April 1864. Officers of the battery were Robert A. Hardaway, William B. Hurt, George A. Ferrell, Jesse H. Crenshaw and John Andrew Jackson. Its armaments consisted of two 3-inch Rifles, and one 2.75-inch Whitworth; one 8-inch Howitzer, two 3-inch Rifles, and one 12-lb Whitworth.

Lieut. George A. Ferrell was in command of the battery when it surrendered at Appomattox with 2 officers and 81 men.


Soldier's Notes


Hardaway's Battery

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)

at Arlington National Cemetery


Important Links

The Final Battles of the Petersburg

Campaign by A. Wilson Greene


Hurt's Battery




Pamplin Historical Park & National

Museum of the Civil War Soldier



Two Brothers: One North, One South

by David H. Jones



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