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13th Independent Battery
Mustered in: October 15,1861.
It was proposed to recruit a battalion of artillery for E. D. Baker's Brigade; and Capt. Emil Sturmfels received authority from the War Department, August 2, 1861, to recruit this battalion. The recruiting of a battalion was discontinued and the enlisted men were all united in Company A—'this battery — which was organized and recruited in New York city, and there mustered in the service of the United States for three years October 15, 1861. At the expiration of its term of service, the men entitled thereto were discharged and the battery continued in the service. It left the State October 17, 1861; was turned over to the State and received its numerical designation in December, 1861; served in Col. E. D. Baker's 3d Brigade, Stone's Division, Army of the Potomac, from October 18, 1861; at and near Washington, D. C., from December 21, 1861; in Blenker's Division, Army of the Potomac, from February 13, 1862; in 2d Brigade, same division,
Mountain Department, from April, 1862; in Reserve Artillery, 1st Corps, Army of Virginia, from June, 1862; in 1st Division, nth Corps, Army of the Potomac, from September, 1862; in Artillery Brigade, nth Corps, from May, 1863; in 3d Division, 11th Corps, from January, 1864; in 2d Division, 20th Corps, from April, 1864; and in the district of Tennessee, Department of Cumberland, from September, 1864. Commanded by Capt. Henry Bundy, the battery was honorably discharged and mustered out July 28, 1865, in New York city, having, during its service, lost by death, killed in action, 1 officer, 5 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 7 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 16 enlisted men; total, I officer, 28 enlisted men; aggregate, 29; of whom 1 enlisted man died in the hands of the enemy.
Battles and Casualties Table from Phisterer
Breshears, Guy and William Wheeler. Loyal till death : a diary of the 13th New York Artillery. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 2003.
Dwight, Timothy. A discourse on the life and character of Captain William Wheeler, delivered in the Third Congregational church, New Haven, July 17th, 1864, by Rev. Timothy Dwight. New Haven: Press of Turtle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1864.
New York Artillery. Soldier's record, 13th Independent
Battery, N.Y. :
Light Artillery--Veterans. Cincinnati, OH: Middleton Strobridge, 1863.
Wheeler, William. Letters of William Wheeler of the Class of 1855. Y.C. Printed for private distribution. [Cambridge: Printed by H. O. Houghton and co.], 1875. At head of title: In memoriam. "Letters of army life and service, 1861-1864." -468.
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New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History