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Confederate Battery

Williamsburg (VA) Artillery

"Coke's Battery"


Commanding Officer on the Sharpsburg Campaign:
  Capt. John A. Coke


   Artillery of Unknown Type(s)


This Battery's Chain of Command:
  Army - Army of Northern Virginia
  Corps - Jackson's Command
  Division - Jackson's Corps Reserve Artillery
  Brigade - Brown's Artillery Battalion (1st Va Artillery)

Unit history

Originally organized as Co. G, 32nd Virginia Infantry, this company was organized on May 13, 1861 in James City County. Reorganized on may 10, 1862, the company was later redesignated for artillery service. Later served as Company E or F of the 1st Regt. Va. Arty. Captains included William Robertson Garrett and John Archer Coke.

On the Sharpsburg Campaign

This battery was one in the artillery battalions of Brown and Nelson who were guarding the Potomac fords near Williamsport and Shepherdstown on the Campaign. They were on the Virginia side of the river near Williamsport, until the night of September 17 - 18, when they were ordered to the battlefield at Sharpsburg.

Battlefield Tablet for this Unit

Tablet #355: Reserve Artillery, Army of Northern Virginia - 16 Sep, 12 PM to 18 Sep, 6 AM

After the Sharpsburg Campaign

This was one of the depleted batteries disbanded by ANV Special Orders No. 209 on 4 October 1862.

We have 2 individuals in the AotW database who were on the Maryland Campaign with this unit:


Co. Rank Name Casualty? Details*
--CorpCaruthers, Robert POW   09/17     We have some details for this person
--CaptCoke, John Archer        We have some details for this person


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