Pittsylvania 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 three years or the war in Pittsylvania County on April 3, 1862

Commander: Benjamin H. Motley (Captain)
Captain: John W. Lewis and Nathan Penick

Armed with two 3-inch Rifles and two 10-lb. Parrotts in September 1862
Armed with two 3-inch Rifles and two 12-lb. Parrotts on July 1-3, 1863
Armed with two 3-inch Rifles and two 10-lb. Parrotts on December 28, 1864

September 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-September 1864: Garnett's-Richardson's Battalion, Artillery, 3rd Corps, Army of Northern Virginia
September 1864-April 1865: Poague's Battalion, Artillery, 3rd Corps, Army of Northern Virginia


Battle Honors

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 Court House - April 9, 1865


Surrendered at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865



Pittsylvania Battery

Descendants Roll Call


Soldier's Notes


If you are a descendant or family member of a soldier of the Pittsylvania 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 "Pittsylvania Battery" on the subject line and provide details in the message. 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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