Latham's-Blount's Battery, Virginia Artillery (Confederate)
Latham's-Blount's Battery completed its organization at Lynchburg, Virginia, in April, 1861. After taking an active part in the Battle of First Manassas, the unit was assigned to the 38th Battalion, Virginia Light Artillery and R.M. Stribling's Battalion of Artillery. It surrendered at Appomattox with only 3 men. Captains Joseph G. Blount, James Dearing, James W. Dickerson, and J.Grey Latham were the battery commanders.
County of Artillery
Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.
Other Source Material
- Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier or sailor. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in Virginia in the Civil War and United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 (see below).
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
- Virginia in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Virginia, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
- United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
- Chamberlayne, E.H. War History and Roll of the Richmond Fayette Artillery, 38th Virginia Battalion Artillery, Confederate States Army, 1861-1865. Richmond, Va.: Everett Waddey, Printer, 1883. FHL Fiche 6082769.
- Kendall, George E. An Humble Belisarius, or, The Life of a Johnny Reb. Richmond, Va.: Ware, Duke, and Taylor, Printers, 1887. FHL Fiche 6082770.
- Moore, Robert H. The Richmond Fayette, Hampden, Thomas, and Blount's Lynchburg Artillery. Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1991. FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 75.
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 4 January 2011).