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17th Independent Battery
Light Artillery
Civil War
Orleans Battery

The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion, 17th ed. Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.

Mustered in: August 26, 1862.
Mustered out: June 12, 1865

Captain George T. Anthony received in August, 1862, authority to recruit this battery. It was organized at Lockport, and there mustered in the service of the United States for three years August 26, 1862. The men were recruited principally at Lockport, Barre, Medina, Ridgeway and Shelby. The battery left the State August 29, 1862, and served in the defenses of Washington, D. C, from September, 1862; at the Artillery Camp of Instruction, and in King's Division, 22d Corps, from May, 1863; in the Artillery Brigade, 18th Corps, Army of the James, from July, 1864; and in that of the 24th Corps, from December, 1864. June 12, 1865, it was, under Captain Anthony, honorably discharged and mustered out at Richmond, Va., having, during its service, lost by death of disease and other causes, seventeen enlisted men.

Battles and Casualties Table from Phisterer

Civil War Newspaper Clippings


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.

Benton, Cora Beach and Oliver Charles Benton. Hard breathing days the Civil War letters of Cora Beach Benton. Albion, NY: 1999.
Abstract: Letters to her husband Oliver Charles "Charlie" Benton. Part One: September 10, 1862-January 27, 1863; Part Two: February 1st, 1863-June 2nd, 1863. Part Three: June 5th, 1863-December 27th, 1863; Part Four: January 3rd, 1864-September 25th, 1864; Part Five: October 2nd, 1864-June 4th, 1865. Each part is contained in it's own spiralbound book for a total of five books in set.

Eliot, Charles D. "Port Hudson." Historic leaves (published by the Somerville historical society) VII (1908) 49-61.


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Last modified: February 8, 2018

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