Siege of Petersburg Project Update

by Brett Schulte on December 5, 2005 · 2 comments

I worked on the Confederate OOB of my Petersburg Campaign Project on Sunday night. I recently purchased a copy of F. Ray Sibley, Jr.’s reference work The Confederate Order of Battle: The Army of Northern Virginia, Volume 1, and I have decided to use it as the base for my Confederate OOBs throughout the Siege. I’ll look at discrepancies when other sources disagree with Sibley, and I’ll decide on a case by case basis. Whichever way I go, I will be sure to thoroughly document the process with comments. The Confederate OOB now matches Sibley’s for the most part. I found that he duplicated several units, but a quick glance at Sifakis usually solved the problem.

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Will Hickox December 5, 2005 at 6:17 am

I notice that you don’t include regimental commanders. Is it simply too difficult to find this information?

Also, Lee is listed as commander of the “C.S. Army.” I was under the impression that Lee wasn’t named Commanding General until February 1865. Or do you mean he was commander of CS forces in Virginia?

All in all a very good OOB.

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Brett Schulte December 5, 2005 at 7:47 am

Will,

Thanks for the compliment. Sibley does include the Colonels where known, but I’d say less than 25% of them are known. I’ll go back and add those after finalizing the OOB for all nine offensives.

The “CS Army” thing was placed there because this project was initially meant to be used with mods for the HPS Simulations series of Civil War PC games. I need to change that. “CS Forces, Virginia” might be a better title. I need to think about that. Suggestions are welcome.

I’m only at the beginning of this. Once I can get the OOBs set for both sides for all nine offensives, I hope to start adding troop numbers, documenting everything along the way, similar to the comments I’ve already added for each regiment. I hope to mention if the source is using effectives, PFD, or something else where known as well.

Brett S.

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