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1st Minnesota Light Battery
in the Civil War
|First Minnesota Light Battery. — Capts., Emil Munch,
William Z. Clayton; First Lieuts., William Pfaender, William Z. Clayton,
Ferdinand E. Peebles, William Koethe, Henry S. Hurter. This battery was
organized at Fort Snelling and was mustered in Nov. 21, 1861. It was
ordered to St. Louis, where it first occupied Benton barracks, and was
then transferred to the arsenal, receiving its armament there. It was
sent to Pittsburg landing in February, and in the battle of Shiloh
engaged in a stem contest, firing the first guns in the famous "Hornets'
Nest" against which the enemy hurled his forces repeatedly. It was
engaged in the siege and battle of Corinth, and in the siege of
Vicksburg a section of the battery was the first to open fire, which
continued until the surrender. It remained in camp near Vicksburg until
ordered up the river in the spring of 1864 to Cairo, Ill., thence to
Clifton, Tenn., and on to Alabama. It joined Sherman at Big Shanty, Ga.,
on June 9 ; was in the battles of Atlanta and Ezra Church ; joined in
the march to the sea, 2 guns and the sick men being left in Atlanta. It
reached Savannah Dec. 10, embarked for Beaufort, S. C, on Jan. 13, 1865,
and then continued with the army through the Carolinas. It silenced a
Confederate battery at Cheraw so effectually that Gen. Blair presented
it with one of the English Blakely guns, taken from the captured
battery. It participated in the grand review at Washington and was
mustered out at St. Paul July 1, 1865.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 4