9th Battalion, Georgia Artillery
9th Artillery Battalion was formed during the summer of 1862 with five companies. Some of the men were from Augusta and Richmond and Gwinnet County. After serving in Georgia the battalion moved to Tennessee and reported to General H. Marshall. It was active in Southwest Virginia and later the Knoxville Campaign. Ordered back to Virginia during the spring of 1864, it was assigned to Department of Richmond and for a time stationed at Chaffin's Bluff. The unit participated in the Petersburg siege north of the James River, then served as infantry under C.A. Evans in the Appomattox Campaign. On April 9, 1865, it surrendered with 1 officer and 19 men. Major A. Leyden was in command.
Chickamagua after battle report:
Report of Maj. A. Leyden, Ninth Georgia Artillery Battalion.
HDQRS. NINTH GEORGIA BATTALION ARTILLERY,
Near Chattanooga, October 8, 1863.
SIR: I have the honor to make the following reported of the
operations of the several batteries belonging and attached to
my battalion during the battles of September 19 and 20, near
Chickamauga River, Ga.:
On the 14th instant [ultimo], I received an order to detail a
battery and order it to report to Col. R. C. Trigg. I immediately
ordered Capt. T. M. Peoples, commanding Company D, of this
battalion, to report until after the battles.
This battery was first engaged on Saturday evening with the
enemy's batteries, and was subjected to a very severe enfilading
fire of artillery as well as a direct fire from artillery and
infantry in its front. Owing to the unfavorable position of the
battery, which was stationed upon low ground, the cannoneers
could not see the enemy's batteries. Our infantry was part of
the time in front, consequently our fire was at random, firing
with elevation enough not to injure our own troops. When our
troops moved from the front of the battery it was near dark
and the action ceased. What effect our fire had upon the enemy
I have no means of knowing, but believe it prevented their
advance at that point until our troops received support.
The casualties at that point were Junior First Lieut.
Thomas H. Loveless, severely wounded in thigh by a piece of
shell; Private John Edmunson, slightly in thigh by a Minie ball;
Private W. H. Suddarth, slightly in abdomen by a piece of shell,
and 11 horses killed and disabled on Sunday, 20th.
The Nottoway Artillery, of Virginia, Capt. Jeffress, was
attached to my battalion a short time before the battles, and
operated with Gen. Gracie's brigade, which formed part of the
advance line the night before the battle.
On the morning of the 19th, he engaged one of the enemy's
batteries for a short time; with what success is not known, as
the enemy was behind fortifications. During the succeeding
part of the engagement he had no opportunity of coming in
contact with the enemy, having been left in charge of an
important position. Fortunately Capt. Jeffress suffered no
casualties in men, and had only 2 horses disabled.
Capt. A. M. Wolihin, commanding Company C, of this
battalion, was attached to Col. Kelly, commanding brigade, but
was not engaged during the battle.
I am happy to report that all the officers and men, with but one
exception (which will be reported in proper form), demeaned
themselves with becoming bravery, and exhibited that skill,
judgment, and soldierly qualities which the contingencies of
the battle-field always exhibit and develop in good soldiers. I
have no distinction to make, as all acted well their part.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Maj., Comdg. Ninth Georgia Artillery Battalion.
[Capt.] J. N. GALLEHER,
Assistant Adjutant-Gen., Buckner's Corps.
Source: Official Records
CHAP. XLII.] THE CHICKAMAUGA CAMPAIGN. PAGE 448-51
[Series I. Vol. 30. Part II, Reports. Serial No. 51.
James A. Bennett
Enlisted as a Private
"D" Co. GA 9th Battn Light Artillery
Enlisted as a Private
"C" Co. GA 9th Battn Light Artillery
Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:
- Index to Compiled Confederate Military Service Records
Alfred Bennett, Private, Company C, 9th Battalion, Georgia Light Artillery, enlisted May 14, 1862 at Columbus by A. Leyden for 3 years, captured at Knoxville, June 20, 1863, recorded on the February 29, 1864 muster roll as having deserted February 15, 1864, no further records Note: There are no surviving muster rolls after February 29, 1864 (held at Saltville, Va.) which deprives us of ascertaining his return to the regiment
James A. Bennett, Company D (Gwinnett Artillery), 9th Battalion, Georgia Light Artillery, enlisted May 3, 1862 in Gwinnett County, Georgia, Atlanta by Capt. Peeples for 3 years or the war, last recorded present on the November 1, 1863 muster roll*, receipted for an issue of clothing July 25, 1864, his file contains correspondence between the Adjutant General, War Department with the Texas Board of Pension Commissioners, dated May 15, 1915**
Richard M. Bennett, Private, Company D, 9th Battalion Georgia Artillery, enlisted July 24, 1862 in Gwinnett County, Georgia by Capt. Peeples for 3 years, recorded on November 1, 1863* as sick, receipted for an issue of clothing on July 25, 1863, no further records
* This is the last surviving muster roll for Company D where they were stationed near Chattanooga, Tenn. Their Record of Events: The Company started on the march from Knoxville, Tenn. on the 23rd August, 1863. Marched to LaFayette, Ga. Left there on the 17th of Sept. 1863 and was engaged in the fight of Chickamauga on the 19th & 20th of Sept. 1863 and on the 22nd Dept. in front of Chattanooga and is now temporarily attached to McLaws Division, Longstreets Corps.
M266: Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Georgia
** Mary Bennett, widow of James Alexander Bennett, filed Texas Confederate pension application A-31458 as a resident of Denton County, Texas