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18th Independent Battery
Light Artillery
Civil War
Black Horse Artillery; Billinghurst Battery; Rifle Battery, 108th New York Volunteers

The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion, 18th ed. Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.

Mustered in: September 13, 1862.
Mustered out: July 20, 1865.

Captain Albert G. Mack received authority to recruit this battery and recruited and organized it at Rochester, where it was mustered in the service of the United States for three years September 13, 1862. One hundred and seventeen of its enlisted men were transferred., December 20, 1864, to the 25th Battery, and the men still in excess of the maximum strength to the 26th Battery. The battery left the State December 2, 1862, and served in Sherman's Division, Department of the Gulf, from December 27, 1862; in the 2d Division, 19th Corps, from April, 1863; in the 1st Division, 19th Corps, from May, 1863; in the defenses of New Orleans, La., from August, 1863; in the Siege Artillery, General Canby's forces, from February, 1865; and, commanded by Captain Mack, it was honorably discharged and mustered out July 20, 1865, at Rochester, having, during its service, lost by death of wounds received in action, 4 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 23 enlisted men; total, 27.

Battles and Casualties Table from Phisterer

Civil War Newspaper Clippings


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.

Gardner, Henry R. "A Yankee in Louisiana, selections from the diary and correspondence of Henry R. Gardner, 1862-1866." Louisiana history V (1964) 271-95.


Items the museum owns are in bold.


New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
Last modified: May 4, 2007

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