Compiled by Victoria Proctor, ©1996-2014
Marion County men are known to have served in Company D, Gregg's Battery of the "Siege Train Artillery Battalion" (Manigault's Battalion Artillery), commanded by Capt. Matthew B. Stanley until his resignation on May 14, 1863, then by Capt. Thomas E. Gregg of Marion County, who was promoted from First Lieutenant, May 14, 1863.
Manigault's Battalion Artillery, South Carolina Artillery
18th Heavy Artillery Battalion [often called the Siege Train Artillery Battalion] was organized during the spring of 1862 with three companies. Many of the men were from Charleston. It was assigned to the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and fought at Fort Sumter, Grimball's Landing, Battery Wagner, James Island, and John's Island.
In June, 1864, Company C was transferred to Pegram's Battalion of Artillery, Army of Northern Virginia and was active in the Petersburg siege. That December it returned to the battalion which later served as infantry in the Army of Tennessee. The unit was surrendered by Gen. Joseph E. Johnston at Durham Station, Orange County, NC on April 26, 1865. The field officers were Majors Charles Alston, Jr. and Edward Manigault.
Charleston Harbor (Aug - Sept 1863)
Legareville SC (25 Dec 1863)
Carolinas Campaign SC (Feb - April 1865)
- Edward Manigault. Siege Train
The Journey of a Confederate Artilleryman in the Defense of Charleston
Edited by Warren Ripley.
"Major Edward Manigault, one of the commanding officers ordered by General P. G. T. Beauregard to document his unit's daily operations, began a diary in July 1863 that would become one of the most informative records to survive the Civil War. Covering thirteen months of combat in one of the Confederacy's rare siege artillery units, Manigault's journal offers a day-by-day, at times hour-by-hour, account of life on the front lines. Especially notable for its description of artillery training, Manigault's diary vividly depicts his unit's participation in such well-known engagements as the battle for Battery Wagner and the attempt to sieze the U.S. gunboat Marblehead." (USC Press description of book).
- Crute, Joseph H., Jr. Units of the Confederate States Army.
(Midlothian, VA: Derwent Books, 1987).
[See p. 262 for a concise summary of the battalion's service.]
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