2nd Battery Light Artillery

South Hancock Avenue-Gettysburg


Organized at Bridgeport September 10, 1862. Left State for Washington, D.C., October 15. Attached to 2nd Brigade, Casey's Division, Military District of Washington, to February, 1863. 2nd Brigade, Casey's Division, 22nd Army Corps, Dept. of Washington, to April, 1863. Artillery Abercrombie's Division, 22nd Corps, to June, 1863. 2nd Volunteer Brigade, Artillery Reserve Army Potomac to August, 1863. Artillery Dept. of the East to October, 1863. Camp Barry, Washington, D.C., 22nd Corps, to February, 1864. Defenses of New Orleans, La., Dept. of the Gulf, to June, 1864. Artillery 4th Division, 13th Army Corps, Dept. of the Gulf, June, 1864. Defenses of New Orleans, Dept. Gulf, to August, 1864. Unattached artillery 19th Army Corps, Dept. Gulf, to December, 1864. Artillery Reserve Corps Military Division West Mississippi to February, 1865. Artillery 2nd Division, Reserve Corps, February, 1865. Artillery 2nd Division, 13th Army Corps, Military Division West Mississippi, to August, 1865.

The Second Connecticut Light Battery was organized in August, 1862, and was composed of two batteries of State Militia of Bridgeport.

Capt. J. W. Sterling, its original commander, received marching orders October 15th, 1862, and the battery at once proceeded to Washington, D. C., and upon its arrival was assigned to the Army of the Potomac.

On the 25th of June, 1863, it was ordered to report to General Robert O. Tyler, commanding the Artillery Reserve, Army of the Potomac." Shortly after being placed in the command of Gen. Tyler, the whole force proceeded to Gettysburg, and were engaged in that battle, July 3d, the loss of the battery being three men wounded.

After numerous and tedious marches and counter-marches, in Maryland, the battery, on the 21st of July, was ordered to camp on Meridian Hill, near Washington, where it remained until the 16th of August, when it was ordered to Alexandria, Va., where it embarked on board transport and proceeded to New York, arriving on the 22d of the same month, and remaining until the loth of October, when it returned to Washington.

On the 21st of January, 1864, the battery was ordered to proceed to Baltimore, Md., and take transport for New Orleans, La.

Upon its arrival in the " Department of the Gulf" it was for a while stationed at Brashear City, with one section at Thibodeaux.

On the 17th of June it proceeded to Algiers, La., and on the 31st of July following was embarked on transport for Dauphin Island, Mobile Harbor.

August 6th the battery took an active part in the engagement at Fort Gaines, and on the 19th of the same month participated in the reduction of Fort Morgan.

On the 8th of September, it returned again to New Orleans, and continued to serve in Louisiana until February, 1865, when it proceeded to Florida, arriving at Barrancas on the 1st of March ; it was again on the march for Pensacola on the 11th, and from that time until April was engaged only in light marches and the routine of camp life.

From April 5th to April 9th the battery was engaged with the enemy near Blakely, Ala., the 9th of April witnessing the carrying of the enemy s works by assault.

The battery continued to serve in the Department of the Gulf until its return to Connecticut, in July, 1865, for muster-out. It was finally mustered out on the 9th of August, 1865, at New Haven, Conn.

That the services of this battery were fully appreciated the reports of Division and Corps commanders will attest.

The following are some of its principal engagements.

Gettysburg, Pa., July 3d, 1863.
Fort Gaines, Ala., August 6th, 1864.
Fort Morgan, Ala., August 19th, 1864.
Near Blakely, Ala., April 5th to 9th, 1865.


Killed in action, 1
Died of wounds, - 1
Died of disease, - - - - 18
Discharged prior to muster-out of battery, 37 57

SERVICE.--Duty at Camp Barry, Defenses of Washington, D.C., until January, 1863, and near Wolf Run Shoals, Va., to June, 1863. Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 1-4. Moved to Washington, D.C., and duty there until August 15. Moved to New York City August 15 and duty there and at various points in New York State until October 12. Moved to Washington October 12 and duty there until January, 1864. Moved to New Orleans, La., thence to Brashear City and duty there until June 17. At Algiers until July 31. Expedition to Mobile Bay July 31-September 8. Operations against Fort Gaines August 2-8 and against Fort Morgan August 9-23. Duty at Fort Gaines until September 8. Moved to Algiers September 8, thence to New Orleans September 19, and duty there until November 13. Moved to mouth of White River, Ark., November 13 and duty there until February, 1865. Moved to Kennerville, La., thence to Barrancas, Fla. Expedition to Fort Blakely, Mobile Bay, March 11-April 1. Occupation of Canoe Station March 27. Siege of Fort Blakely April 1-9. Assault on and capture of Fort Blakely April 9. Occupation of Mobile April 12. Duty at Mobile and Selma, Ala., until July. Moved to New Orleans, thence to New Haven, Conn., arriving there July 31. Mustered out August 9, 1865.

Battery lost during Service 2 Enlisted men killed and 19 Enlisted men by disease. Total 21.

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Reference: Connecticut Volunteer Organizations, (Infantry, Cavalry and Artillery) in the Service of the United States 1861-1865, with additional enlistments, casualties, etc, etc, and Brief Summaries, Showing the operations and service of the several regiments and batteries. Prepared from records in the Adjutant-General's Office.

C. M. INGERSOL, Adjutant-general.
HARTFORD: Brown and Gross, 1869