1st Michigan Light Artillery

Battery I


Battery "I" was organized at Detroit, in conjunction with the 5th. Michigan Cavalry, being mustered into the service of the United States on August 20, 1862, staffed as follows: Captain Jabez J. Daniels, of Hudson. First Lieutenant Addison A. Kidder, Hudson. First Lieutenant Luther R. Smith, Detroit. Second Lieutenant Lewis R. Gage, Detroit and Second Lieutenant Thomas J. Lumbocker, Trenton.

Moved to Washington, D.C., December 4-11. Attached to Camp Berry, Defenses of Washington, to Triplett's Bridge June 16, 1863. Action at Triplett's Corps, Dept. of Washington, to March, 1863. Artillery, Stahel's Cavalry Division, 22nd Army Corps, to June, 1863. 1st Brigade, Horse Artillery, Army of the Potomac, to August, 1863. 2nd Brigade, Horse Artillery, Army of the Potomac, to November, 1863. Artillery Brigade, 11th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to March, 1864. Artillery, 3rd Division, 11th Army Corps, to April, 1864. Artillery, 3rd Division, 20th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to July, 1864. Artillery Brigade, 20th Army Corps, to October, 1864. Unattached Artillery, Dept. of the Cumberland, to November, 1864. Reserve Artillery, Chattanooga, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to July, 1865.

Arriving at Washington on December the 11th., they at once entered into service with the Army of the Potomac.

Captain Daniels, with his Battery, first met the rebels at the battle of Aldie, Va, April 27, 1863, without loss, then on the 30th. returned to Fairfax Court House.

Participating in the summer Maryland Campaign, then the Pennsylvania Campaign, they marched from Fairfax Court House to Drainsville, June 24th., Thence via Frederick and Tanneytown, Md to Gettysburg, Pa, where they arrived July the 2nd. On the third day of the battle there, they were engaged, losing one killed and four wounded, then on the 4th., lost one wounded.

They participated, with the Division, in the events of the ensuing Georgia Campaign. Ad Cassville, on the 19th. of May, they engaged the Confederate Rear guard, without loss. Resuming the march on the 23rd, they Crossed the Etowah River on the same day. One section engaged tHe rebels at New Hope Church, on The 27th, then the entire Battery was engaged On the 28th., with the loss of one man wounded on the latter date.

On the 17th. of June, the Battery was again engaged at Lost Mountain, with a loss of two severely wounded. Taking position on an elevation near Marietta, on the 21st., they remained there during nearly all of the operations around Kenesaw Mountain.

They engaged the Confederates on the 1st. of July at the Culp's House. Pursuing them, after their evacuation Of the position at Kenesaw, towards Marietta, they became engaged at the latter place, on the 3rd. of July, with a loss of three wounded, two of whom mortally. They participated in the battle of Peach Tree Creek, on the 20th., in connection with Newton's Division, of the 4th. Corp. On the 22nd., they moved to near Atlanta, taking position in the line of works, to participate in the seige until the 25th of August, with a loss of one man killed, August 6th., one man wounded on the 10th., then one wounded on the 13th. On the 25th. they fell back, with their Division, to Turner's Ferry, on the Chattahoochee River, there assisting in repelling an attack on the position at the Ferry, loosing one wounded.

On the 2nd. of September, the Battery moved into Atlanta taking a position of the works there, which they held until the 1st. of November, 1864, when they were ordered to Chattanooga, Tn, where they were mounted, as Horse Artillery, forming a part of the Reserve Artillery, Department of the Cumberland.

The Battery remained at Chattanooga, until the early part of July, 1865, when they were ordered to Michigan, for mustering out of the service.

Arriving at Jackson on July the 6th, then was paid off and disbanded on the 14th. of July 1865.

During their term of Federal service, they were engaged at:

Gettysburg, Pa Turner's Ferry, Ga
Peach Tree Creek, Ga Cassville, Ga
Atlanta, Ga Lost Mountain, Ga
New Hope Church, Ga Aldie, Va
Marietta, Ga Culp's House, Ga

SERVICE.--Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D.C., until June, 1863. At Fairfax Court House, Va., until June 24. March to Gettysburg, Pa., June 24-July 2. Battle of Gettysburg July 2-3. March to Warrenton, Va., July 8-24; thence to Culpeper Court House. Moved to Nashville, Tenn., October 27-November 12, and duty there until March 7, 1864. March to Whiteside, Tenn., March 7-17, and duty there until April 28. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1 to September 8. Demonstrations on Rocky Faced Ridge May 8-11. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Cassville May 19. New Hope Church May 25. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Pine Hill June 11-14. Lost Mountain June 15-17. Gilgal (or Golgotha Church) June 15. Muddy Creek June 17. Noyes' Creek June 19. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Ruff's Station July 4. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Peach Tree Creek July 19-20. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Operations at Chattahoochie River Bridge August 26-September 2. Occupation of Atlanta September 2-November 1. Ordered to Chattanooga, Tenn., November 1, and garrison duty there as Reserve Artillery until July, 1865. Ordered to Jackson. Mich., and there mustered out July 14, 1865.

Total Enrollment--234
Killed in Action--2
Died of Wounds--3
Died of Disease--24
Total Casualty Rate--12.4%

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