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

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Brief History

This Unit was 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.  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


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.