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11th Independent Battery
Light Artillery (Veteran)
Civil War
Havelock Battery

The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion, 11th ed. Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.

Left state: January 17, 1862
Mustered out: June 13, 1865.

Captain Albert Von Puttkammer received authority October 26, 1861, to recruit a battery— Independent Battery, Flying Artillery; it was recruited under the auspices of the Young Men's Christian Association at Albany, and there mustered in the service of the United States for three years. About the same time another battery was recruited by Capt. Robert C. Warmington at Ashtabula, Ohio, and Buffalo. These two batteries, incomplete, were consolidated January 15-, 1862, and the nth Battery formed. At the expiration of its term of service, the men entitled thereto were discharged and the battery retained in service. It left the State with Albert Von Puttkammer as Captain, January 17, 1862, and served at and near Washington, D. C., from that time; in the Reserve Corps, Army of Virginia, from June 26, 1862; in the 3d Division, 3d Corps, Army of the Potomac, from November, 1862; in the Artillery Brigade, 3d Corps, from May, 1863; in the 4th Volunteer Brigade, Artillery Reserve, Army of the Potomac, from May 12, 1863; with Battery K, 1st N. Y. Volunteer Artillery, from June, 1863; in the 2d Volunteer Brigade, Artillery Reserve, Army of the Potomac, from January, 1864; in the 3d Brigade, Artillery Reserve, Army of the Potomac, from April, 1864; in Artillery Brigade, 2d Corps, from May 16, 1864; with the 1st Division, in August, 1864; and in the Artillery Reserve, Army of the Potomac, from May, 1865. Commanded by Capt. George W. Davey, the battery was honorably discharged and mustered out June 13, 1865, at Albany, having during its service lost by death, killed in action, 6 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 2 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 13 enlisted men; total, 21; of whom I died in the hands of the enemy.

Battles and Casualties Table from Phisterer

Monument at Gettysburg

Historical Sketch

Civil War Newspaper Clippings

Constitution and By-Laws of the Soldier’s Lyceum, 11th N.Y. Independent Battery

List of Members, Soldier’s Lyceum, and Honorary Members

Minutes of Meetings and Special Meetings, Soldier’s Lyceum
14 January 1864 - 14 April 1864

“Tree of Liberty” by Garrit H. Vandenburgh, a poem for the Soldier’s Lyceum

“Uncle Sam” by William G. Paterson, an essay for the Soldier’s Lyceum

Philosophy of Mind and Brain” by J.Q.A Crounse, an argument for the Soldier’s Lyceum

Novels and Novel Readers” by J.Q.A Crounse, An essay for the Soldier’s Lyceum

Election Fliers for offices in the Soldier’s Lyceum

Bulletin Office”, satirical news publication, originally illustrated

Muster Roll, 11th N.Y. Independent Battery, 26 October 1861
PDF document only.

11th Independent Battery National Flag 11th Independent Battery National Flag

11th Independent Battery Guidon 11th Independent Battery Guidons

Muster Roll

Unit Roster

Further Reading
This is meant to be a comprehensive list. If, however, you know of a resource that is not listed below, please send an email to with the name of the resource and where it is located. This can include photographs, letters, articles and other non-book materials. Also, if you have any materials in your possession that you would like to donate, the museum is always looking for items specific to New York's military heritage. Thank you.

Barraniger, George D. George D. Barringer Letters.
One letter was written in 1899. The remainder were written in 1864 - 1865.
Donated by Ed Connolly of Wynantskill, NY.
Collection arranged by Mackenzie Waterson.

Gore, William B.. The autobiography of William B. Gore : diary, 1863 Oct.-1866 June
Abstract: Diary kept by Gore mainly while a private serving in the 11th Havelock Battery during the Civil War (1863-1866). Writes of personal activities, details of travels, and camp incidents in a narrative form to make it seem more like an autobiography than a diary; his service included much time in Virginia. He also writes several pages of biographical and genealogical background on himself.
Located at New York School of Interior Design. Access: open to qualified researchers at The New-York Historical Society./ This collection is owned by The New-York Historical Society. Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the Library Director of The New-York Historical Society, Two West 77th Street, New York, NY 10024./

Wilkeson, Frank. Recollections of a private soldier in the Army of the Potomac. G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1898.

Robertson, William Wallace, Paul C. Robertson and Ruth Robertson. The Civil War diaries of William Wallace Robertson, 1862-1865. 2001
Photocopy of a typescript including excerpts from published texts and maps regarding the 11th New York Battery, family photographs and chart, and a brief 1975 account of a trip by the transcribers to document the locations in the diary. William Wallace Robertson, the son of William M. and Margaret (Bogg) Robertson, was born November 13, 1841 in Putnam, Washington County, New York and died April 27, 1929, in North Tonawanda, Niagara County, New York. He married Mary Elizabeth (Libby) Hawley, (1846-1931).

Unknown. Letter. 9 February 1864.
Letter froman unknown Union soldier, in the 11th New York Battery, writing February 9, 1864. This letter to "Hattie" was written after she responded to his advertisement in a "lonely-hearts" magazine.
Original located at Special Collections, University Libraries (0434) Virginia Tech.
Thank you to Karen Fuhrman for pointing out this resource.

Wyatt, James Taylor. Roster of soldiers and officers of the 11th New York Independent Battery. 1864.
Abstract: List of the names along with age, date of enlistment, and other remarks regarding the military service of those who served the 11th Independent Battery. A portrait of Wyatt is enclosed with this item.
Located at the New York State Library.

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Last modified: February 8, 2018

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