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15th Ohio Independent Battery Light
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
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|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