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2nd New York Independent Battery

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2nd 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
Second New York Independent Battery. — Capts., Louis Schirmer, Hermann Jahn. This battery, known as Blenker's, or Light Battery A, 1st artillery, was organized in Aug., 1861. Says Capt. Phisterer in his account of the battery, "Varian's battery, the artillery company of the 8th militia, its term of service having expired, left the field on July 20, 1861, and its guns were left with the army of Northeastern Virginia. These guns were manned during the battle of Bull Run by detachments of the 8th and 29th N. Y. infantry, mainly of Co. H, of the latter regiment, under Capt. Charles Bookwood, of the 29th N. Y. This battery was reorganized in the defenses of Washington, D. C, in Aug., 1861, and known by its synonyms. The men of the 8th and 29th N. Y. serving with it were transferred to it and additional men from the regiments of Brig.-Gen. Blenker's division were assigned to it. The battery, commanded by Capt. Louis Schirmer, was mustered into the service of the United States for two years on Aug. 16, 1861, and received from the state on Dec. 7, 1861, its numerical designation." While serving with Blenker's division in the Mountain Department in June, 1862, it was engaged in the neighborhood of Strasburg, Woodstock, Mt. Jackson, Edenburg and Cross Keys, where it had 2 men killed. Soon after it was assigned to the 11th corps, and took part in Gen. Pope's Virginia campaign ending with the battle of second Bull Run. It took part in the battle of Chancellorsville with the 2nd division, 11th corps, sustaining no casualties, and was on detached service at Gettysburg, where Lieut. Theodore Blume was killed on the first day. On June 6, 1863, the members not entitled to discharge were attached to battery I, 1st N. Y. artillery, and the others were mustered out on June 13, at New York city. Its loss was 5 killed and 5 died of disease.

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

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