The Otey Light Artillery

Descendants Association

Company A, 13th 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


13th Battalion, Virginia Light Artillery was formed late in 1863 with three companies that did not always serve together. These were Company A - Otey's-Walker's Battery; Company B - Ringgold Light Artillery; and Company C - Davidson's-Chamberlyne's Battery. The field officers were Lieutenant Colonel John Floyd King, and Majors Wade H. Gibbes and William M. Owen.

The Otey Light Artillery was organized at Richmond, Virginia in March of 1862 and became part of the 13th Battalion Virginia Artillery, but for some time operated as an independent command. Assigned to John Floyd King's Battalion, the unit served in western Virginia and sustained 14 casualties during operations in the Kanawha Valley. In December, the battery roster consisted of 3 officers and 69 men and was attached to the Department of Western Virginia and East Tennessee. Later it participated in the Knoxville Campaign before being ordered to join the Army of Northern Virginia. It was assigned to W. H. Gibbes' Battalion, took part in the defense of Petersburg, and ended the war at Appomattox as infantry. Captains G. Gaston Otey and David N. Walker commanded the company.


Sgt. John Henry Beeton


Soldier's Notes


The Otey Light 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)

at Arlington National Cemetery


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Two Brothers: One North, One South

by David H. Jones

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