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13th New York Artillery Heavy

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13th New York Artillery Heavy Soldier Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year 1893, Volume 13     View the Entire Book

Regimental History
Thirteenth New York Artillery (Heavy). — Col., William A. Howard; Lieut.- Col., James J. Walsh; Majs., Oliver Wetmore, Jr., Ferdinand R. Hassler, Robert W. McLaughlin. This regiment was recruited from the state at large and organized at New York city, the various companies being mustered into the U. S. service for three years as follows: A, B and C at Staten island on Aug. 12 and 29, and Sept. 11, 1863; D at Elmira on Aug. 4, 1863; E, F, G and H at Fort Schuyler in Feb. and March, 1864; I at New York city, Nov. 10, 1863; K at Riker's island, Feb. 21, 1864; L at Norfolk, Va., June 11, 1864; and M in Dec. 1863. The men enlisted by Maj. H. B. Williams for the 11th N. Y. artillery were transferred to this regiment on July 29, 1863, as were also the men enlisted for the 29th N. Y. veteran infantry, and the members of the incomplete 36th independent N. Y. battery, in October. The regiment left the state by detachments, the 1st battalion, Cos. A, B, C and D, leaving on Oct. 5, 1863, and with the 2nd battalion garrisoned the defenses of Norfolk and Portsmouth, Va., and New Berne, N. C. From May, 1864, Cos. A and H served as siege artillery in the 3d division, 18th corps, Army of the James, forming part of the forces for the defense of Bermuda Hundred. The 3d battalion of the regiment, under command of Maj. Robert W. McLaughlin, consisting of Cos. I, K, L and M, and numbering about 500 men, after serving as a coast-guard on board vessels of war along the Atlantic coast, formed the celebrated naval brigade, Army of the James, from July, 1864. The battalion was made up of sailors enlisted for service on the light-draft gunboats built by Norman Wiard to penetrate otherwise inaccessible places. Portions of the regiment took part in engagements in the operations against Petersburg and Richmond; Swift creek, N. C; Day's Point, Va.; Fort Fisher, N. C; and the fall of Petersburg. Its losses during service were 3 killed and 12 wounded, 2 of the latter mortally; 3 officers and 144 men died of disease and other causes; total, 152. The only officer killed was Capt. John A. Gordon, who lost his life in the action at Swift creek. Cos. I, K, L and M, and the men of the other companies whose terms would expire Oct. 1, 1865, were mustered out, under Col. Howard, June 28, 1865; those remaining in service were consolidated into a battalion of five companies and transferred to the 6th N. Y. artillery. Lieut. J. L. De Peyster raised the first flag over Richmond when the city surrendered in 1865.

Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 2

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