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Co. A, 13TH VA LIGHT ARTILLERY BN, CSA

From a blood stained diary found near a Union soldier’s body in front of the Confederate entrenchments at Cold Harbor, Virginia, June, 1864…

“June 3rd, Cold Harbor

I died”

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Company "A"

13TH Battalion

Virginia Light Artillery

Army of Northern Virginia

CSA

"Otey's Battery"

Welcome to the site of the Richmond Otey Battery. This site is a tribute to a little known, but one of the finest batteries of light artillery in the Confederate Army. Though this battery is not well known, it and its sister batteries in the 13TH Virginia Light Artillery, served in vital regions doing yeoman service. From its organization in March, 1862 until May, 1864 the battery served in the mountainous regions of Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee keeping the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad open as a lifeline of the Confederacy. In May, 1864 the battery joined Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and participated in such bloody battles as Cold Harbor and "The Crater", placing itself in the pantheon of heroes of the Army of Northern Virginia.

“We Few.. We Happy Few ..We Band of Brothers”

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Captain George Gaston Otey

Mortally Wounded At Lewisburg, West Virginia

May 23, 1862

Captain Otey died of his wounds in October, 1862.

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