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7th Independent Battery
Civil War
Fifty-sixth Regiment, Light Artillery Company; Tenth Legion Battery

History
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: October 30, 1861 as an artillery company of the 56th regiment of infantry
Designated 7th battery, June 7, 1862
Mustered out: July 22, 1865

This battery was organized as an artillery company of the 10th Legion, 56th N. Y. Volunteers, at Windsor, and mustered in the service of the United States for three years October 30, 1861. It was recruited principally at Buttermilk Falls, Ellenville, Haverstraw, Newburgh, Middletown, Poughkeepsie, Saugerties, Tarrytown and Ashford, Mass.; December 7, 1861, it received its numerical designation; June 7, 1862, some of the men of Battery A, 1st Artillery, were transferred to it. At the expiration of its term of service, the men entitled thereto were discharged, and the battery retained in service. It left the State, commanded by Capt. Peter C. Regan, November 7, 1861, and served in Casey's Division, Army of the Potomac, from November, 1861; in the 2d Division, 4th Corps, from March, 1862; at Camp Hamilton, Va., from July, 1862; at Norfolk, Va., 7th Corps, from August, 1862; at Portsmouth, Va., from October, 1862; at Norfolk, Va., from July, 1863; at Yorktown, Va., 18th Corps, from March, 1864; in the Artillery Brigade of the 2d Division, 18th Corps, Army of the James, from April, 1864; in the Artillery Brigade, 18th Corps, from June, 1864; in the Artillery Brigade, 24th Corps, from December 2, 1864; in Ferrero's Division, defenses of Bermuda Hundred, Va., from January, 1865. Commanded by Captain Regan, the battery was mustered out and honorably discharged July 22, 1865, at Albany, having during its service lost by death, killed in action, 2 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 1 enlisted man; of disease and other causes, 28 enlisted men; total, 31.

Battles and Casualties Table from Phisterer

Civil War Newspaper Clippings

7th Independent Battery Battle Flag 7th Independent Battery Battle Flag

Unit Roster

New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
Last modified: February 4, 2010
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