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1st New York Independent Battery

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1st New York Independent Battery Soldier Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year 1893, Volume 15     View the Entire Book

Regimental History
First New York Independent Battery. — Capts., Terrence J. Kennedy, Andrew Cowan. This battery was recruited and organized at Auburn by Capt. Kennedy in the fall of 1861. It was mustered into the U. S. service on Nov. 23, for three years, and left the state on Dec. 4. On the expiration of its term of service the original members, except veterans, were mustered out and the battery, composed of veterans and recruits, continued in service until June 23, 1865, when it was mustered out at Syracuse, N. Y., commanded by Capt. Cowan. It was stationed during the winter of 1861-62 at Washington and in the spring of 1862 was assigned to the 6th corps, with which it moved on the Peninsular campaign, taking part in the siege of Yorktown, the battles of Lee's mill, Williamsburg and the Seven Days. On its return from the Peninsula it was subsequently engaged in the Maryland campaign, with small loss at Antietam and Fredericksburg. In the spring of 1863 it was assigned to the artillery brigade, 6th corps, and participated in the battles of Marye's heights, Salem Church, Deep Run crossing, Gettysburg (where it lost 12 killed and wounded), and in the subsequent Virginia campaigns, ending with that of Mine Run. Still with the 6th corps it fought through the bloody battles of the Wilderness campaign, leading up to the investment of Petersburg, where it was in the trenches from June 18 to July 9, 1864. It then took part in Sheridan's campaign in the Shenandoah, being engaged at the Opequan, Fisher's hill and Cedar creek besides numerous lesser engagements. At Cedar creek its loss was 23 killed and wounded. In Jan., 1865, it was again ordered to Petersburg, where it was engaged on March 25 with a loss of 5, and then took part in the Appomattox campaign ending with the surrender of Lee. It lost during service 2 officers and 18 men killed and mortally wounded; 38 men died of disease and other causes, a total of 58.

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

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