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6th Independent Battery
Light Artillery
Civil War
First Excelsior Light Artillery

The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed. Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.

Mustered in: June 15, 1861, as Company K of the 9th militia, later 83rd regiment of infantry. Company K served with its regiment until August 25, 1861, when detached. Designated 6th battery: December 7, 1861.
Mustered out: July 8, 1865.

This battery was recruited at Rahway, N. J., and organized in New York City as the Artillery Company, K, of the 9th Militia, later 83d Infantry. It was mustered in the service of the United States June 15, 1861, to serve three years, and left the State, under Capt. Thomas B. Bunting, the next day. It served with its regiment until August 25, 1861, when it was detached, and December 7, 1861, it was designated by the State the 6th Battery. At the expiration of its service, the men entitled thereto were discharged and the battery continued in the service. July 21, 1864, it was increased by the transfer to it of the enlisted men of the 10th Battery. It served at and near Washington, D. C, from June, 1861; in Stone's Division, Army of the Potomac, from July, 1861; in Banks' Division, from October, 1861; in Hooker's Division, from November 23, 1861; in the 2d Division, 3d Corps, Army of the Potamac, from March, 1862; in the Artillery Reserve, 3d Corps, Army of the Potomac, from June, 1862; in the Artillery Reserve, Army of the Potomac, from December 2, 1862; in the 1st Brigade, Horse Artillery, with 2d Cavalry Division, Army of Potomac, from March, 1863; in the Artillery Reserve, Army of the Potomac, from December, 1863; in the 1st Brigade, Horse Artillery, Army of the Potomac, with the 2d Cavalry Division, from March, 1864; in the defenses of Washington, D. C., 22d Corps, from June 6, 1864; in the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Cavalry, Army of the Potomac, Middle Military Department, from September, 1864; with the Army of the Shenandoah from October, 1864; and in the 22d Corps, from April, 1865. Commanded by Capt. Moses P. Clark, it was mustered out and honorably discharged July 8, 1865, at Hart's island, New York harbor, having during its service lost by death, killed in action, 6 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 2 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 9 enlisted men; total, 17.

Battles and Casualties Table from Phisterer

Monument at Gettysburg

Historical Notes

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.

Bilby, Joseph G. New Jersey Goes to War: Biographies of 150 New Jerseyans Caught Up in the Struggle of the Civil War, Including Soldiers, Civilians, Men, Women, Heroes, Scoundrels, and a Heroic Horse. Wood-Ridge, NJ: New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association, 2010.
Thank you to Steve Glazer for pointing out this resource.

Perkins, George, and Richard N. Griffin. Three Years a Soldier: The Diary and Newspaper Correspondence of Private George Perkins, Sixth New York Independent Battery, 1861-1864. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2006.
Thank you to Steve Glazer for pointing out this resource.

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Last modified: February 8, 2018

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