14th Michigan Light Artillery



A regiment of light artillery being limited to twelve batteries, in organizing additional batteries it became necessary to give them a particular designation, hence, the two batteries that were raised after the formation of the twelve batteries composing the 1st. Michigan Regiment of Light Artillery, were designated as the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Michigan Batteries.

The Fourteenth Battery was organized at Kalamazoo, and was mustered into the service of the United States on the 5th. of January, 1864, with the following designated officers: Captain Charles Heine, of Marshall. First Lieutenant James J. Kelly, Kalamazoo and Second Lieutenant Lee A. Humphrey, Grand Rapids.

Attached to Camp Barry, Defenses of Washington, 22nd Army Corps, to May, 1864. 1st Brigade, Hardin's Division, Defenses of Washington North of the Potomac, 22nd Army Corps, to August, 1864. 2nd Brigade, Hardin's Division, 22nd Army Corps, to December, 1864. 3rd Brigade, Hardin's Division, 22nd Army Corps, to June, 1865.

On the 11th., 12th., and 13th. of July, they took part in the action near Fort Stevens and Fort Slocum, during the attack of Confederate forces under the command of General Early, on the defenses of Washington. On the 1st. of November, 1864, one section of the Battery was at Fort Bunker Hill, one section at Fort Totten, and one with the headquarters at Fort Slemmer.

Since the Battery had been dismounted, they had served as heavy artillery attached to Hernden's Division of the 23rd. Corp, Department of Washington, garrisoning Fort's Snyder, Carroll and Grebble, continuing on that duty until June 17, 1865, when the proceeded to Michigan, arriving at Jackson on June 21st. On the 1st. of July they were mustered out of the service, then paid of and disbanded.

SERVICE.--Duty at Camp Barry, Defenses of Washington, February 5 to April 20, 1864. Mounted and duty at Fort Bunker Hill May 15-22. Dismounted May 22 and ordered to Camp Barry, thence moved to Fort Slocum May 25. Duty as Heavy Artillery at Forts Bunker Hill, Totten, Slemmer, Snyder, Carroll and Greble, Defenses of Washington North of the Potomac, until June 17, 1865. Repulse of Early's attack on the Northern Defenses of Washington July 11-13, 1864. Moved to Jackson, Mich., June 17-21, 1865, and mustered out July 1, 1865.

Total Enrollment.....225
Died of Disease.........9
Total Casualty Rate.....4%

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