5th New York Independent Battery
Light Artillery

"1st Excelsior Light Artillery"

This monument is located southeast of Gettysburg in the National Cemetery by the maintenance area.

Fifth New York

Independent Battery
(Taft's)
2d Brigade Artillery Brigade

This Battery
held this position from
5 P.M. July 2d to
5th 1863
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Casualties
1 killed. 2 wounded.

Roster 

Roster
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Organized at New York City and mustered in November 8, 1861. Left State for Washington, D.C., November 16, 1861. Attached to Artillery Reserve, Army of the Potomac, to May, 1862. Unattached, Artillery Reserve, 5th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to September, 1862. Reserve Artillery, 5th Army Corps, to December, 1862. Artillery Reserve, Army of the Potomac, to May, 1863. 2nd Volunteer Brigade, Artillery Reserve, Army of the Potomac, to November, 1863. 1st Volunteer Brigade, Artillery Reserve, to March, 1864. 2nd Brigade, Artillery Reserve, to May, 1864. Artillery Brigade, 5th Army Corps, May 15-19. DeRussy's Division, 22nd Army Corps, Dept. of Washington, to July, 1864. Artillery Brigade, 6th Army Corps, to August, 1864. Artillery, 1st Division, 19th Army Corps, Army of the Shenandoah, Middle Military Division, to December, 1864. Artillery Brigade, 19th Army Corps, to February, 1865. Artillery Reserve, Army of the Shenandoah, and Dept. of West Virginia, to July, 1865.

SERVICE.--Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., until March, 1862. Peninsula Campaign March to August, 1862. Siege of Yorktown April 5-May 4. Battle of Seven Pines or Fair Oaks May 31-June 1. Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1. Battle of Mechanicsville June 26. Savage Station June 29. White Oak Swamp and Glendale June 30. Malvern Hill July 1. At Harrison's Landing until August 16. Moved to Alexandria August 16-24. Maryland Campaign September 6-22. Battle of Antietam September 16-17. Duty in Maryland until October 29. Movement to Falmouth, Va., October 29-November 19. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15. "Mud March" January 20-24, 1863. At Falmouth until April. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 3-July 31. Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 1-3. On line of the Rappahannock until October. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Rappahannock Station November 7. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Campaign of the Rapidan May 3-19, 1864. Battle of the Wilderness May 5-7. Laurel Hill May 8. Spottsylvania May 8-12. Spottsylvania Court House May 12-19. Ordered to Washington May 19, and duty in the Defenses of that city until July. Repulse of Early's attack on Washington July 11-12. Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley Campaign August 7-November 28. Battle of Winchester September 19. Fisher's Hill September 22. Battle of Cedar Creek October 19. Duty in the Shenandoah Valley and in the Dept. of West Virginia until July, 1865. Mustered out July 6, 1865.

Battery lost during service 4 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 13 Enlisted men by disease. Total 17.

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