Sixth Wisconsin Light Battery. — Capts., Henry Dillon, Thomas R.
Hood, James G. Simpson; First Lieuts., Henry Dillon, Samuel F. Clark,
John Jenawein, Thomas R. Hood, Alba S. Sweet; Second Lieuts., John W.
Fancher, James G. Simpson, Sylvester E. Sweet, Daniel T. Noyes, John
Jenawein, Lucius N. Keller. This battery, known as the "Buena Vista
Artillery," was organized at Lone Rock in Sept., 1861, but was
transferred to Camp Utley, Racine, where it was mustered in Oct. 2, and
left the state March 15, 1862. It reported at St. Louis, was ordered to
New Madrid, and placed in charge of a battery during the siege of Island
No. 10. It was in reserve during the siege of Corinth, but took part in
the battle in October. It spent the winter in Tennessee, joined the
movement toward Vicksburg in the spring of 1863, went to Helena and was
sent out on several minor expeditions. It participated at Port Gibson;
was in a sharp skirmish at Jones' cross-roads; was at the battle of
Raymond in reserve ; took part in the battle of Jackson ; was engaged at
Champion's hill, and was in the trenches before Vicksburg from May 19
until the surrender. It remained at Vicksburg until Sept. 12, then moved
to Chattanooga and was in the battle at Missionary ridge. It was then on
railroad guard duty until Jan. 7, 1864. It wintered at Huntsville, Ala.,
and spent the summer on the Etowah river near Cartersville, Ga., most of
the time in Fort Etowah. On Nov. 10 it left for Nashville and joined the
reserve battery at Fort Barry. On Jan. 7, 1865, it was transferred to
the reserve garrison artillery. The men were armed with muskets on Jan.
16 and assigned to provost guard duty. On Feb. 17 it was sent to a
permanent camp at Chattanooga and was mustered out at Madison July 18,
1865. Its original strength was 157. Gain by recruits, 82; substitutes,
2; reenlistments, 34; total, 275. Loss by death, 29; desertion, 5;
transfer, 9; discharge, 36; mustered out, 196.