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Kirkpatrick's Company, Virginia Light Artillery (Amherst Artillery)

Amherst Light Artillery was formed in August, 1861, with men from Amherst County. This unit was assigned to W. Nelson's Battalion of Artillery, Army of Northern Virginia, and participated in many campaigns from the Seven Days' Battles to Cold Harbor. Later it was involved in Early's Shenandoah Valley operations and in various engagements around Appomattox. It lost twelve percent of the 105 engaged at Gettysburg, and there were no members present at the surrender in April, 1865. Captain Thomas J. Kirkpatrick was in command.
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