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8th Wisconsin Light Battery
in the American Civil War

Regimental History

Eighth Wisconsin Light Battery, — Capts., Stephen J. Carpenter, Henry E. Stiles; First Lieuts., James E. Armstrong, George L. Cross, Obadiah German, Henry E. Stiles, John D. McLean, Thomas B. McNair; Second Lieuts., John D. McLean, Henry L. Wheeler, Azro Mann, Samuel S. Armstrong, Thomas B. McNair, William O'D Reilly. This battery, known as "Lyon's Pinery Battery," was organized in the fall of 1861 at Stevens Point. It rendezvoused at Camp Utley, Racine, was mustered in Jan. 8, 1862, and left the state March 18 for St. Louis. On April 4 it proceeded to Fort Leavenworth to join the Southwestern expedition. At Fort Riley it was ordered to Columbus, Ky., and thence to Humboldt, Tenn., for guard duty. In July it was ordered to Mississippi and reached Corinth on the 9th. It was next transferred to the army of the Tennessee, and two sections were sent to Nashville, the center section under Lieut. McLean being left at Eastport, Miss. The other two sections were in the battle of Perryville, afterward joining in the pursuit of the enemy and shelling him from his position at Lancaster. They then returned to Nashville. The center section left Eastport for Iuka, but did not reach there in time for the battle. At Corinth it did excellent work and was ranked with those who greatly distinguished themselves. It joined the right and left sections at Nashville and at Stone's river the battery performed honorable service. It encamped at Murfreesboro during the winter and spring of 1863, and was in action at Chickamauga. It was also in action at Missionary ridge and Lookout mountain, and was ordered to Nashville in December, where it was assigned to the 2nd division, artillery reserve. The veterans were remustered, Jan. 26, 1864, and given a furlough. They rejoined the battery at Murfreesboro in April, and it was assigned to Fort Rosecrans for garrison duty. It was mustered out at Milwaukee, Aug. 10, 1865. Its original strength was 161. Gain by recruits, 102; reenlistments, 66; total, 329. Loss by death, 25; missing, 1; desertion, 13; transfer, 14; discharge, 53; mustered out, 223.

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

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