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15th Ohio Independent Battery Light Artillery

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15th Ohio Independent Battery Light Artillery Soldier Roster - Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, Volume 10, by Ohio Roster Commission (Joseph B. Foraker, Governor, James S. Robinson, Sec'y of State and H. A. Axline, Adjutant-General), 1886     View Entire Book

Regimental History
Fifteenth Independent Battery Light Artillery. Capts., Edward Spear, James Burdick; First Lieuts., Adrian A. Burrows, Edwin F. Reeve, Charles N. Moore, Lyman Bailey; Second Lieuts., William H. H. Crowell, George R. Caspar, Stiles E. Sturges. This battery was mustered into service on Feb. 1, 1862, at Camp Dennison, to serve for three years. It was immediately ordered to Cincinnati, where it embarked under orders for Fort Leavenworth, Kan., but on reaching Paducah, Ky., disembarked in obedience to an order from Gen. W. T. Sherman. It then reported to Gen. Grant at Pittsburg Landing and was assigned to the 4th division, Army of the Tennessee, and went through the slow approach to and siege of Corinth. In October it took part in the battle of Metamora, an affair in which there was some very hard fighting at close range, though the battery lost but 2 men wounded. In the following April it participated in the engagement at Coldwater, Miss., and in this affair, which lasted for 5 hours, it lost 1 man killed instantly, 1 mortally wounded, 2 slightly wounded and 7 horses killed and wounded. It was on the front line during the siege of Vicksburg, having position on the Hall's Ferry road, to the southeast of the city, though its last position was within 200 yards of the enemy's works, enfilading several hundred yards of their line, from which they were compelled to retire. The battery lost a number of men disabled during the siege, but none were killed, and it expended 2,301 rounds of ammunition. In the battle of Jackson, when the fortifications were attacked, the battery was stationed on the extreme right of the Federal line, south of the city, had two men wounded, and expended 223 rounds of ammunition. In the Meridian expedition it operated at Meridian, Enterprise and Quitman, and destroyed all public property and railroads from Quitman to the Pearl river, as also everything that could be used by the enemy, excepting those articles that could be appropriated to the use and comfort of the Federal forces. Having veteranized, the members of the battery were furloughed home and upon their return to duty the battery joined the army of Gen. Sherman, operating in northern Georgia. It engaged in the battles about Kennesaw mountain, and it is claimed that its guns killed Gen. Polk, of the Confederate army, though this credit is given by Gen. Stanley to the 5th Ind. battery. It was at the capture of the Augusta railroad and participated in the bloody engagement of July 22 on the Federal left, where the gallant and lamented McPherson gave his life for his country. It was the only battery engaged on the Federal side on July 28; was in Sherman's flank movement to the rear of Atlanta, and in the battles of Jonesboro and Lovejoy's Station. It participated in the siege of Savannah, accompanied the army to Goldsboro, N. C, by way of Columbia, S. C, and was present at the surrender of Gen. Johnston and his Confederate army to Gen. Sherman. The organization, composed of veterans and recruits, remained in service until June 20, 1865, when it was mustered out at Columbus, Ohio.

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

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