Norfolk Battery

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


Organized for one year by the division of the Norfolk "Light Artillery Blues" on June 8, 1861. Reorganized for the war on March 26, 1862. Portsmouth Light Artillery Battery disbanded and some of the men transferred to this battery on October 4, 1862, per S.O. #209, Headquarters, Army of Northern Virginia.

Armed with one 3-inch Rifle, one 10-lb. Parrott, and two 6-lb. Smoothbores in August and September 1862.

Armed with one 3-inch Rifle, one 10-lb. Parrott, and two 12-lb. Napoleons on July 1-3, 1863.

Armed with four 12-lb. Napoleons on December 28, 1864.

Commander: Frank Huger (Captain)
Captain: Joseph D. Moore

July 1861-April 1862: Artillery Battalion, Department of Norfolk
April-June 1862: Artillery Battalion, Huger's Division, Department of Northern Virginia
June-July 1862: Wright's Brigade, Huger's - R.H. Anderson's Division, Army of Northern Virginia
July 1862-June 1863: Artillery Battalion, R.H. Anderson's Division, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia
June-July 1863: Artillery Battalion, Heth's Division, 3rd Corps, Army of Northern Virginia
July 1863-April 1865: Garnett's-Richardson's Battalion, Artillery, 3rd Corps, Army of Northern Virginia


Seven Days Battles (June 25-July 1, 1862)
2nd Bull Run (August 28-30, 1862)
Harpers Ferry (September 12-15, 1862)
Antietam (September 17, 1862)
Fredericksburg (December 13, 1862)
Chancellorsville (May 1-4, 1863)
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 House (May 8-21, 1864)
North Anna (May 23-26, 1864)
Cold Harbor (June 1-3, 1864)
Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
Appomattox Campaign (March-April 1865)

Captured as part of Walker's artillery column on April 8, 1865.


Norfolk Battery Descendants Roll Call

If you are a descendant or family member of a soldier of the Norfolk Battery who served honorably at any time during the war and would like to be listed on the Descendants Roll Call, please send an e-mail by clicking the mail icon below. Type "Norfolk Artillery" on the subject line. Please find your ancestor or family member in the National Park Service Database (link shown below) and include such details as "company" and "rank out" in your message. This will greatly speed-up the posting of those soldiers who you wish to honor. Thank you.


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

Two Brothers: One North, One South

by David H. Jones

The Final Battles of the Petersburg

Campaign by A. Wilson Greene


Pamplin Historical Park & National

Museum of the Civil War Soldier






Ordering Service & Pension Records

National Archives


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