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2nd New York
Battalion Light Artillery
|Second New York Battalion Light Artillery. Maj., Thomas O'Neill;
Capts., William H. Hogan, Michael Mitchell, Henry J. McMahon, William O'Donoghue. This
battalion, known as the Irish Brigade batteries, originally consisted of four batteries
and was recruited in the fall of 1861, in New York city, where it was mustered into the U.
S. service for three years on Dec. 9. The first plan was to raise an artillery company for
each of the four regiments of the brigade. The battalion left the state on Dec. 16, and on
reaching Washington was consolidated into two batteries, designated A and B. In Oct.,
1862, the battalion organization was discontinued. Battery A being constituted the 14th
and Battery B, the 15th independent batteries.
Fourteenth Independent Battery. Capts.,
William H. Hogan, James McKay Rorty. The battery served with Richardson's division, 2nd
corps from March to May 26, 1862, when the first section was attached to Battery C, 4th U.
S. artillery; the second to Battery G, and the third to Battery B, 1st N. Y. artillery. On
Jan. 16, 1863, the first section was transferred to Battery G, 1st N. Y., and in September
these transfers were made permanent by order of the war department, the battery being
discontinued. The battery took part in the siege of Yorktown, the Seven Days' battles,
Antietam, Leesburg, Charlestown, Snicker's gap, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and
Gettysburg. It lost during service 2 officers and 3 men killed and mortally wounded, and 4
men died of disease.
Fifteenth Independent Battery. Capts., Henry
J. McMahon, Patrick Hart. One officer and 18 men were transferred to this battery from the
4th in Dec. 1863. On the expiration of its term of service the original members (except
veterans) were mustered out, and the veterans and recruits consolidated with the 32nd
battery on Feb. 4, 1865. The 15th took part in the engagements at Chancellorsville,
Gettysburg, Rappahannock Station, the Mine Run campaign, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, the
North Anna, Totopotomy, Cold Harbor, first assault on Petersburg and the Weldon railroad.
It was before Petersburg from June to Nov., 1864, when it was withdrawn from the front and
returned to Washington, serving in the 22nd corps and the Department of West Virginia
during the winter of 1864-65. It lost during service 9 men killed in action and 3 men from
disease and other causes.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2