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23rd Independent Battery
Originally Battery A, Rocket battalion of artillery, became the 23rd battery,
November 1,1862. The order making the change was, however, not approved until
February 11, 1863.
This battery, originally Battery A, Rocket Battalion of Artillery, became the 23d Battery November 1, 1862; the change was, however, not final until it was approved February 11, 1863. It was recruited in the counties of Niagara, Essex and Warren; organized at Albany, and there mustered in the service of the United States for three years December 6, 1861. At the expiration of its term of service, the men entitled thereto were discharged and the battery continued in service. It left the State December 9, 1861, com-manded by Capt. Alfred Ransom, and served at Washington, D. C, from December, 1861; in North Carolina, and the 18th Corps, from April 23, 1862; in the 2d Brigade, 2d Division, Department of North Carolina, from June, 1862; at Newbern, N. C., from July, 1862; at Morehead City, N. C, from October, 1862; in 3d Brigade, 5th Division, 18th Corps, from December, 1862; in the district of Pamlico, Department of North Carolina, and in the district of North Carolina, Department of Virginia and North Carolina, from May, 1863; with the Cavalry Division, General Sherman's forces, from April 1, 1865. July 14, 1865, the battery, commanded by Capt. Samuel Kittinger, Jr., was honorably discharged and mustered out at Fort Porter, Buffalo, N. Y., having, during its service, lost by death of disease and other causes, 46 enlisted men.
Battles and Casualties Table from Phisterer
Low, Thomas. Papers, 1861-1865.
Lowry, Thomas Power. Civil War Rockets. Charleston, SC: CreateSpace, 2012.
Kittinger, Joseph. Year: 1979 Diary, 1861-1865, Joseph Kittinger, 23rd New York Independent Battery : enlisted Sep't. 1861 as private, mustered out April 19, 1865 as 1st. lieutenant. Buffalo, N.Y.: Kittinger Co., 1979.
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New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History