Ringgold Battery

Company B, 13th Battalion, Virginia 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


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.

On February 15, 1862, an orderly sergeant from the Danville Artillery, Timothy H. Stamps, was selected to raise a battery of artillery to be named for the adjoining town of Ringgold. Stamps was elected Captain; the other officers were First Lieutenants Crispin Dickenson, a local medical doctor, and Clack Stone. The second lieutenants were William Pleasant Robinson, an 1861 V.M.I. graduate, and Achilles Whitlocke Hoge, a former member of the 20th Virginia Infantry.


Barney Lawless has written a book, My Two, My Only Sons, which records the letters of Achillies Whilocke Hoge and his brother Moses J. Hoge, both members of the Ringgold Battery, from the field to their home. The letters and papers of the brothers were packed away by Barney's great grandmother, then passed in turn to his grandmother and his mother. Barney discovered them when his mother died. The book is $20. plus $3.00 shipping & handling.

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Soldier's Notes


Ringgold Artillery

Descendants Roll Call


If you are a descendant or family member of a soldier of the Ringgold Battery who served honorably at any time during the war, please send an e-mail by clicking the mail icon below. Type "Ringgold Battery" in the subject line and 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


The Association of Citizen Historians

of the United States




Ordering Service & Pension Records

National Archives


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