First Minnesota Battery Light Artillery

First Minnesota Battery Light Artillery


One of the best examples of Minnesota units serving in the West was the 1st Minnesota Light Artillery. Formed in the fall of 1861 the battery saw its first action at the bloody battle of Shiloh where they played an important part in the defense of the "Hornets' Nest". They saw more hard fighting at Corinth Mississippi and as part of the Army of the Tennessee they endured the long campaign to capture Vicksburg. Later the battery joined General Sherman's forces in the Atlanta Campaign and his famous "March to the Sea." The Minnesotans continued with Sherman's forces through the Carolinas to the final battle of the war at Bentonville North Carolina. They also participated in the Grand Review of the major Union armies in Washington D.C. following the war's end.

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    Minnesota raised three batteries of light artillery and one regiment of heavy artillery during the Civil War.  The First Battery served at Shiloh (April 1862), Corinth (October 1862), the siege of Vicksburg (May - July 1863), and in Gen. William T. Sherman’s campaigns in Atlanta (May - September 1864) and the Carolinas (January - March 1865).   The Second Battery was engaged at Perryville (October 1862), Stone's River (December 1862 - January 1863), Chickamauga (September 1863), and the siege of Chattanooga (October-November 1863).  Raised in 1863, the Third Battery participated in three campaigns against the Dakota.  The First Minnesota Regiment of Heavy Artillery was raised in late 1864 and garrisoned in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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