The 2nd Regiment of Virginia Artillery was organized in Feb. 1862 with ten
companies. A through K had previously served in the state service for one
year. The regiment was broken up about 23 May 1862, by operation of the
Conscription Act (whatever that means). Co. D, Captain James T. Alexander's
Co. enlisted in January1862 for one year and was reorganized in May 1862 as
Co. D, 22nd Batt. Va. Infantry (not to be confused with the 22nd Regiment
Va. Inf.) which consisted of six companies taken from the 2nd Va. Artillery.
The battalion was disbanded in December 1864 and the men distributed among
depleted Virginia organizations (according to Wallace). According to Sifakis
the unit did not carry out the disbanding order and eventually surrendered
at Appomattox. The Captain at this time was William Green Jackson.
The 22nd Battalion fought at:
2nd Bull Run
Mine Run Campaign
Petersburg [44th also]
Squirrel Level Road
Sayler's Creek [44th also]
Appomattox [44th also]
However the only Poythress listed in Appomattox Paroles is William L.
Poythress, 3rd Sgt. 44th Battalion Inf, Co. D. (the son).
From: llbaird(a)juno.com <llbaird(a)juno.com>
To: POYTHRESS-L(a)rootsweb.com <POYTHRESS-L(a)rootsweb.com>
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 1999 9:35 PM
Subject: W. L. Poythress & 44th Infantry Battalion
Craig Scott, thanks so much for sharing the history of W. L.
unit, the 44th Infantry Battalion. This provides interesting context. A
further question for you: This man's father, Thomas M. Poythress, was
also a confederate veteran. TMP was member of Co. D, 2nd Va. Arty.
Regt., 22 Bttn., Capt. James T. Alexander. Would you happen to have
information on this unit and might there have been a connection between
the father's unit and the son's unit?
And great to hear from you.
Lyn P. Baird
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