19th Battalion, Virginia Heavy Artillery (Atkinson's) (Confederate)

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Brief History

  • Organized in June, 1862, with four companies, later increased to five.
  • April 1862, men from the United Light Artillery were transferred to the artillery and assigned to the 19th Battalion Virginia Artillery.
  • This unit was attached to the Department of Richmond and served throughout the war defending the city.
  • It was also active at Drewry's Bluff, in the Petersburg siege north of the James River, and around Appomattox.
  • Many were captured at Sayler's Creek, and 1 officer and 44 men surrendered on April 9, 1865.
  • Lieutenant Colonel John W. Atkinson and Major N. R. Cary were in command.
  • AKA - Atkinson's Battalion


Company A (Captain James F. Chalmer's Battery)  (Smithfield Light Artillery Blues or Old Dominion Artillery) - many men from Isle of Wight County

Company B (Bossieux Guard) - many men previously served in the 39th Virginia Infantry

Company C (1st) (United Artillery) (Originally Company E (1st) Virginia Infantry)

Company C (2nd) (Deas Artillery) - many men from Maryland

Company C (3rd) (Irish Volunteers) (Captain Thornton Triplett's Company Heavy Artillery)

Company D (Captain Joel Henry Campbell's Company Heavy Artillery) - many men from Kyle's Company Heavy Artillery

Company E (1st) Captain Edward M. Alfriend's Company) (formerly Company E. 44th Virginia Infantry

Company E (3rd)  (Captain George Golden Savage's Company)

The information above is from 10th and 19th Battalions of Heavy Artillery, by Jeffey C. Weaver.

Field and Staff


Company A


Company B


Company B3rd


Company C


Company C3rd


Company D


Company E


Company E1st


Company E3rd


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