Virginia's Botetourt Artillery

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Brief History

  • Botetourt Light Artillery AKA - Douthat's Company, Virginia Light Artillery
  • Organized in May 1861, as an infantry company
  • Assigned to the 28th Regiment Virginia Infantry
  • In December 1861 transferred to the artillery.
  • The unit soon moved west and was attached to the Department of East Tennessee and later the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana.
  • It contained 43 men in January 1863
  • It was the only Virginia unit to be captured at Vicksburg.
  • After being exchanged, it served in the Department of Western Virginia and East Tennessee where it was active in various conflicts.
  • During April 1865, the company disbanded.
  • Its commanders were Captains Joseph W. Anderson, Henry C. Douthat, and John W. Johnston.


Men from Botetourt County

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