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26th Independent Battery
Light Artillery
Civil War
Barnes' Rifle Battery

The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion, 26th ed. Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.

Mustered in: February 25, 1863.
Mustered out: September 12, 1865.

This battery was recruited and organized at Rochester, and, commanded by Capt J. Warren Barnes, left the State December 4, 1862. It was mustered in the United States service for three years February 25, 1863, at New Orleans, La. On its journey to the Department of the Gulf it was wrecked twice and was en route fifty-one days. It received, December 20, 1864, a number of men by transfer from the 18th and 21st Batteries. The battery served in the defenses of New Orleans, La., from February, 1863; in the 4th Division, 19th Corps, from September, 1863; at Port Hudson, La., from December, 1863; in the 2d Division, 19th Corps, from February, 1864; in the 1st Division, 19th Corps, from March, 1864; in the District of Morganza, La., from July, 1864; in the Reserve, 2d Division, Department of the Gulf, from November, 1864; in the Artillery Brigade, 13th Corps, from March, 1865. Commanded by Lieut. Adam Beattie, the battery was honorably discharged and mustered out at New Orleans, La., September 12, 1865, having, during its service, lost by death of disease and other causes, 34 enlisted men.


Battles and Casualties Table from Phisterer

Civil War Newspaper Clippings

26th Independent Guidon 26th Independent Guidon


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.

Millard, Alexander S. Diary, 1865. Auburn, Ala: Auburn University Special Collections and Archives.
Abstract: Consists of the diary of Second Lieutenant Alexander S. Millard of the 26th New York Independent Light Artillery Battery (a.k.a. Barnes' Rifle Battery) from January 1 to November 29, 1865. Includes daily entries from military camps near Mobile, Alabama and Brownsville, Texas. Offers a brief description of the Union Army siege of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely.
Original located at Auburn University.


Items the museum owns are in bold.

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

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