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24th Independent Battery
Light Artillery (Veteran)
Civil War

The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion, 24th ed. Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.

Originally Battery B, Rocket battalion of artillery, became the 24th battery, November 1, 1862. The order making the change was, however, not approved until February 11, 1863.
Transferred to 3rd regiment of artillery, March 8,1865

This battery, originally Battery B, Rocket Battalion of Artillery, became the 24th Battery November 1, 1862; the order making the change was, however, not approved until February 11, 1863. It was recruited principally in the counties of Monroe and Wyoming, and at Perry; organized at Buffalo, its organization completed at Albany; and there mustered in the service of the United States for three years December 7, 1861. At the expiration of its term of service, the men entitled thereto were mustered out and the battery retained in service. It left the State December 9, 1861, under Capt. J. E. Lee, and served at Washington, D. C., from December, 1861; in North Carolina, from April 23, 1862; in the 3d Brigade, 5th Division, 18th Corps, from December, 1862; in the district of Albe-marle, N. C., from May, 1863; at Plymouth, N. C., from January, 1864; and in the district of North Carolina, Department of Virginia and North Carolina, from May, 1864; and March 8, 1865, it was transferred to the 3d Artillery as Battery L of the same, but did not join the regiment until May 28, 1865, when its war service had closed.

It lost by death, killed in action, 1 enlisted man; of wounds received in action, 2 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 85 enlisted men; total, 88; of whom 67 died in the hands of the enemy


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.

Lowry, Thomas Power. Civil War Rockets. Charleston, SC: CreateSpace, 2012.
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Merrill, Julian Whedon. Records of the 24th independent battery, N.Y. light artillery, U.S.V., compiled by J. W. Merrill. Published for the Ladies' cemetery association of Perry, N.Y. [New York, J. O. Seymour, Kennard & Hay, printers] 1870. Reprinted in 2000 by the Higginson Book Co.


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New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
Last modified: February 8, 2018

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