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10th Wisconsin Light Battery
in the American Civil War

Regimental History

Tenth Wisconsin Light Battery. — Capt., Yates V. Beebe; First Lieuts., David C. Pratt, Philip H. M. Groesbeck, Ebenezer W. Stetson; Second Lieuts., Philip H. M. Groesbeck, Elbert W. Fowler, Henry A. Hicks, Oscar A. Clark. This battery was organized at New Lisbon in the fall of 1861, and was mustered in Feb. 10, 1862. It rendezvoused at Camp Utley, Racine, and left the state March 18 for St. Louis. On April 1, Lieut. Toner and 25 men were transferred to the 8th battery, and Lieut. Hicks and 45 men to the 9th, leaving but 47 men in the 10th. These were joined in April by 25 recruits and the battery was assigned to the reserve artillery at Pittsburg landing. It was in action at the siege of Corinth and then encamped at Tuscumbia creek until July 21, when it moved to Iuka and left there Aug. 12 to join the Army of the Tennessee near Nashville. One section, which had been left at Courtland, rejoined the battery at Decatur, Ala., in September. It routed a body of Van Dom's cavalry at Columbia, Tenn., and upon reaching Nashville engaged in train escort service. In November its ranks were augmented by 50 recruits and on Dec. 12 it was assigned to the 2nd brigade, 7th division, 14th corps. It escorted a train to Murfreesboro, where it was temporarily detached and participated in the battle of Stone's river. It was on garrison duty at Nashville until April 8; on railroad guard duty at Brentwood until June 3; in garrison at Murfreesboro until Aug. 19; in camp at Athens, Ala., until Sept. 1; on bridge guard duty at and near Bridgeport, Tenn., until Oct. 10; and then guarded the river at various points until Jan. 1, 1864, when one section moved to Calhoun. It was joined by the other sections in February, and was employed as bridge guard until April 27, when it was ordered to Cleveland, Tenn., and assigned to the 3d cavalry division, Army of the Cumberland. It was heavily engaged at Resaca and Calhoun ferry being praised for its "energy, prompt maneuvering and accurate firing." It was on guard duty in the vicinity of Adairsville, Kingston and Cartersville until Aug. 3, and at Red Oak it silenced the enemy's battery and destroyed 2 miles of railroad. It engaged a battery at Jonesboro with the same result, burned the depot, rolling stock and buildings, and destroyed 3 miles of track. It made a vigorous attack on the enemy at Lovejoy's Station and a few days later again silenced the battery at Red Oak. It was in lively engagements at Burnt bridge, Glass bridge, Salt Springs, Nose's creek and Rome, and then went into camp at Marietta. It participated in the march to the sea, taking part in engagements at Lovejoy's Station, Waynesboro, Buckhead Church and other points. It then joined in the campaign of the Carolinas, and was actively engaged at Barnwell, Aiken, Gunter's bridge, Homsboro, Monroe's crossing and Averasboro. The non-veterans who were entitled to discharge, were mustered out at Madison, April 26, 1865, and the balance of the battery was temporarily attached to the 12th Wis. battery. The original strength of the 10th was 47; recruits, 121; reenlistments, 11; total, 179. Loss by death, 24; desertion, 4; discharge, 60; mustered out, 91.

Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 4

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