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3rd Wisconsin Light Battery
in the American Civil War

Regimental History

Third Wisconsin Light Battery. — Capt., Lucius H. Drury; First Lieuts., Cortland Livingston, Hiram F. Hubbard, James T. Purdy, Henry Currier; Second Lieuts., Albert Le Brun, Henry Currier, Webster J. Colbum, Joseph W. Wait, Hiram F. Hubbard. This battery, known as the "Badger Artillery," was organized at Camp Utley, Racine, in Sept. and Oct., 1861. It was mustered in Oct. 10, and left the state Jan. 23, 1862, for Louisville, Ky., where it was armed with rifled 32-pounders. It went into camp at Nashville March 14, joined Grant at Savannah, Tenn., April 3, and moved to Pittsburg landing. It was on the march through Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky during the summer, and was present at Perryville, but not in action. It accompanied the army in the southward movement, having several small engagements, and was stationed for a time at Mount Vernon, Ky. It was in camp at Nashville until Dec. 26 and then accompanied the army in the movement towards Murfreesboro. It was in action at Stone's river, where it guarded a ford and repelled a charge of cavalry upon a hospital. On New Year's day, 1863, with a brigade of infantry, it crossed the river, fired a few rounds at the enemy's skirmishers and cavalry, and received a strong fire in return. It advanced in the afternoon and developed the opposing army stationed in the woods, but was compelled to fall back across the river, when it was reinforced and the enemy was routed. In Jan., 1863, Capt. Drury was appointed chief of artillery on Gen. Van Cleve's staff. The battery encamped near Murfreesboro until July 5, then went to McMinnville and engaged in scout and picket duty. It participated at the battle of Chickamauga, where it was overwhelmed by numbers and driven from the field, losing 5 of its 6 guns, 33 horses and 26 men killed, wounded and missing. It was stationed at Chattanooga during 1864, on guard and garrison duty, and was transferred to Murfreesboro in the spring of 1865. It was mustered out at Madison, July 20, 1865. Its original strength was 170. Gain by recruits, 100; total, 270. Loss by death, 26; desertion, 3; transfer, 4; discharge, 60; mustered out, 177.

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

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