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34th Independent Battery
Light Artillery
Civil War
Buffalo Light Artillery; Eaton's Battery; Hamilton Light Artillery

History
The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion, 34th ed. Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.

Battery L, 2nd regiment of artillery designated 34th independent battery: November 19,1863.
Mustered out: June 21, 1865.

First Organization. July 25, 1863, Capt. Hermann Jahn received authority to recruit this battery. October 14, 1863, its organization was discontinued and the men enlisted transferred to the 15th Artillery, then organizing.

Second Organization: Hamilton Artillery; Flushing Battery (Veteran). Battery L, 2d Artillery, which had served detached from its regiment almost since it took the field, and as a light battery, was permanently detached from its regiment and designated the 34th Battery November 19, 1863, a majority of its members having re-enlisted in the field as veterans. Captain Thomas L. Robinson received from the War Department, July 25, 1861, authority to. recruit a battery of artillery. This battery was formed principally of members of the artillery company of the 15th Militia and recruited at Flushing, L. I. It was mustered in the service of the United States for three years November 28, 1861; assigned to the 2d Artillery, as Company L, December 5, 1861; and became the 34th Battery, as already stated. It left the State December 2, 1861, commanded by Captain Robinson, and served at and near Washington, D. C., from- December, 1861; in Sturgis' Brigade, Military Division of Washington, D. C., from May, 1862; in the 2d Brigade, 3d Division, 2d Corps, Army of Virginia, from June 26, 1862; received in September, 1862, thirty enlisted men from the 46th N. Y. Volunteers; served in the 1st Division, 9th Corps, from September, 1862; in the 2d Division, 9th Corps, from October, 1862; in the 3d Division, 9th Corps, from December, 1862; in the 2d Division, 9th Corps, from February, 1863; in the 1st Division, 9th Corps, from September, 1863; in the artillery, 3d Division, 9th Corps, from April, 1864; and in the Artillery Brigade, 9th Corps, Army of the Potomac, from July, 1864, At the expiration of its term of service, the men entitled thereto were discharged, and the battery continued in service until June 21, 1865, when, commanded by Capt. Jacob Roemer, it was mustered out and honorably discharged at Hart's island, New York harbor, having, during its service, lost by death, killed in action, 4 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 3 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 15 enlisted men; total, 22.

 

Battles and Casualties Table from Phisterer

Inquiries Relating to the Formation and Movements [of the 34th Battery]

Report of Jacob Roemer, Fort Friend, Before Petersburg, VA, 11 January 1865

Recapitulation of Hamilton Light Artillery Battery L 2nd N.Y. V. 34th N.Y. Indpt. V. V. Battery by Jacob Roemer, Brevet Major, 24 June 1865

Financial Report of Henry Clement of money received for the benefit of Captain Roemer's Battery, 23 February 1866

Letter from Jacob Roemer to Chief of Military Records, Lockwood Doty, 30 June 1866

Letters from Jacob Roemer to his daughter Katynn (Kitty)

Letters and sketches (in German), by Jacob Roemer, commander, 34th Ind. Battery
The musuem is looking for someone who can translate these. If you would like to volunteer your services please send an email to: ng.ny.nyarng.list.historians@mail.mil

Independent Battery Guidon 34th Independent Battery Guidon

Hamilton Light Artillery Guidon Hamilton Light Artillery Guidon

Further Reading

Kennedy, Daniel F. Famous men of Flushing, Major Jacob Roemer, Commander, Flushing battery of artillery during the Civil war, by Major Daniel F. Kennedy. [Flushing, 1943?].

Peifer, William H. Roemer's battery : from Annapolis to the Appomattox, March 1864-April 1865. 1965.

Roemer, Jacob; Furney, L. A.; ed. Reminiscences of the war of the rebellion 1861-1865. N.Y.: 1897. Reprinted in 1968.

 

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