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By Thaddeus C Brown, Samuel J Murphy, William G Putney

A lot has been written of the infantry and the cavalry throughout the Civil battle, yet little awareness has been paid the artillery. during the battles of Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge in 1863 and the Atlanta crusade of 1864 and with common Sherman’s forces at the well-known March to the ocean, the acts of a brave battling workforce are vividly mentioned in at the back of the weapons: The background of Battery I, 2d Regiment, Illinois mild Artillery. initially released in 1965 in a constrained version, this regimental background of a mild artillery unit was once written by means of 3 of its infantrymen, together with the bugler.            Battery i used to be shaped in 1861 through Charles W. Keith of Joliet and Henry B. Plant of Peoria. greater than 100 males have been mustered into carrier in December close to Springfield and left for Cairo in February 1862. The battery informed at Camp Paine around the Ohio River in Kentucky till March, whilst the lads have been dispatched to the South. in the course of the warfare, the Battery was once hooked up to 3 various armies: the military of the Mississippi, the military of the Ohio, and the military of the Cumberland.            Clyde C. Walton’s foreword and the narrative talk about the range of guns utilized by the unit, together with James, Parrott, and Rodman weapons and the bronze, muzzle-loading Napoleons that fired twelve-pound projectiles. The ebook additionally contains an account of the prisoner-of-war event of Battery I lieutenant Charles McDonald, biographical sketches of the battery infantrymen, and eighteen maps and 5 line drawings. 

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Most of the troops at Covington were transported to Louisville by the river, and their embarkation at Cincinnati made a grand spectacle. The battery, while waiting for its turn to go aboard, occupied a high bluff on the Kentucky shore, which overlooked the city on the north side, also the craft in the river, many of them already loaded with troops and anchored in the stream. It was afternoon. The western sun, with its autumn rays lighted the scene, the city with its spires and glittering roofs against the background of distant hills, banners waving, drums beating, bugles sounding, bands playing, men cheering, steam organs shrieking patriotic airs, ah, this was glorious spectacular war!

See Robert J. Kerner, "The Diary of Ed10 BATTERY I IS MUSTERED INTO SERVICE shock of the wound. He was the first of the battery to offer up his life as a sacrifice for his country's welfare and glory. His death cast a gloom over the men of the battery, for a time, in sorrow for the loss of one of their comrades. The morning of the 18th Lieutenant Barnett, with a detail of twelve men, took the remains of Howard down to the point in a boat, where under the shrieking shells of the mortars, and amid the roar of guns from rebel and union batteries, they dug a grave and laid his body away to await the last Great Grand Review.

Sherman, February 14, 1862-March 8, 1862. Colonel Napoleon Bonaparte Buford commanded the Flotilla Brigade of the Army of the Mississippi; this Army was organized February 23, 1862, and 8 BATTERY I IS MUSTERED INTO SERVICE On March 3rd news of the evacuation of Columbus, Ky. was received, and it was reported, that, as soon as horses could be procured, the battery would be ordered down the river. The men anxiously awaited their arrival. March 4th two companies of the 2nd. and 4th. Michigan cavalry, and the 51st Illinois Infantry, which had been in camp with the batteries, were ordered to break camp and march.

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