Summary Statement, 3rd Quarter, 1863 – 1st (West) Virginia Light Artillery

Although West Virginia was formally admitted to the Union in June, the clerks at the Ordnance Department still used the, then, obsolete header of “Virginia” when grouping batteries from the state: Eight batteries of the 1st (West) Virginia Light Artillery and two artillery sections in infantry regiments.  We’ll break this down into two installments, forContinue reading “Summary Statement, 3rd Quarter, 1863 – 1st (West) Virginia Light Artillery”

Summary Statement, 2nd Quarter, 1863 – West Virginia Batteries

At the close of the second quarter of 1863, West Virginia was but ten days a state.  Word of the state’s admission to the Union did not move quickly down Pennsylvania Avenue to the clerks at the Ordnance Department.  They continued to place the batteries under a heading of “Virginia.” The clerks allocated lines forContinue reading “Summary Statement, 2nd Quarter, 1863 – West Virginia Batteries”

Summary Statement: December 31, 1862 – Virginia’s Batteries? Yes, West Virginia that is!

I always like to respect the particulars of administrative details.  And of course, the clerks at the Ordnance Department in 1863 were also mindful of those details. In the case of West Virginia, it was not formally admitted as a state until June 20, 1863.  So how to classify the batteries recruited and mustered byContinue reading “Summary Statement: December 31, 1862 – Virginia’s Batteries? Yes, West Virginia that is!”