Sunday, August 14, 2011

Cogswell's Independent Battery Light Artillery

Organized at Ottawa, Ill., and mustered in November 12, 1861, as Company "A" Artillery, 53rd Illinois Infantry. Moved to Chicago, Ill., February 28, 1862, and guard prisoners there till March 17. Detached as a Battery March 17, 1862, and ordered to St. Louis, Mo., March 23, thence embarked for Pittsburg Landing, Tenn., April 8. Attached to 3rd Division, Army of the Tennessee, to July, 1862. Artillery, 5th Division, District of Memphis, Tenn., to November, 1862. Artillery, 5th Division, District of Memphis, Tenn., Right Wing 13th Army Corps (Old), Dept. of the Tennessee, November, 1862. Artillery, 1st Division, District of Memphis, 13th Army Corps, to December, 1862. Artillery, 1st Division, 17th Army Corps, to January, 1863. Artillery, 1st Division, 16th Army Corps, to July, 1863. Artillery, 4th Division, 15th Army Corps, July, 1863. Artillery, 7th Division, 17th Army Corps, to September, 1863. Artillery, 2nd Division, 17th Army Corps, to December, 1863. Artillery, 3rd Division, 15th Army Corps, to April, 1864. Artillery Reserve, Nashville, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to December, 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Detachment Army of the Tennessee, Dept. of the Cumberland, to February, 1865. Artillery Brigade, 16th Army Corps (New), Military Division West Mississippi, to August, 1865.

SERVICE.--Advance on and siege of Corinth, Miss., April 29-May 30, 1862. March to Memphis, Tenn., June 1-14, and duty there till November. Grant's Central
Mississippi Campaign November-December. "Tallahatchie March" November 24-December 12. At Grand Junction January 9 to March 8, 1863. At Lagrange till June 4. Moved to Memphis, Tenn., June 4, thence to Vicksburg, Miss., June 6-11. Siege of Vicksburg, Miss., June 11-July 4. Advance on Jackson, Miss., July 5-10. Siege of Jackson July 10-17. At Big Black till September 28. Moved to Memphis, Tenn., thence to Chattanooga, Tenn., September 28-November 23. Operations on Memphis & Charleston R. R. in Alabama October 20-29. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Mission Ridge November 24-25. March to relief of Knoxville November 28-December 8. Garrison duty in Alabama till April, 1864. Moved to Nashville, Tenn., April 29, and garrison duty there till December. Battle of Nashville December 15-16. Pursuit of Hood to the Tennessee River December 17-28. Moved to Clifton, Tenn., and to Eastport, Miss. Duty at Eastport till February 5, 1865. Moved to New Orleans, La., February 5-22. Campaign against Mobile and its defences March 17-April 12. Siege of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely March 26-April 8. Assault and capture of Fort Blakely April 9. Occupation of Mobile April 12. March to Montgomery April 13-25, and duty there till July. Mustered out August 14, 1865.

Battery lost during service 26 Enlisted men by disease.

SOURCE: Frederick H. Dyer, A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, Part 3, p. 1044-5

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