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8th Independent Battery (Veteran)
Civil War
Fifty-sixth Regiment, Second Artillery Company; Tenth Legion Battery; Delaware 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 a part of the 56th regiment of infantry.
Designated 8th battery: December 7, 1861.
Mustered out: June 30, 1865.

This Battery was organized as part of the 10th Legion, 56 Infantry, at Newburgh, and there mustered in the service of the United States for three years, October 30, 1861. It was recruited principally at Delhi, Andes, Roxbury, Fergusonville, Meredith, Rockland, Downsville, Kortright, Walton, Bloomville, Hancock, Bovina, Hobart, Clark's Factory and Lumberville. It received its numerical designation December 7, 1861, and some of the men of Company A, 1st Artillery, June 7, 1862. 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. Butler Fitch, November 7, 1861, and served in Casey's Division, Army of the Potomac, from November, 1861; in the 2d Division, 4th Corps, Army of the Potomac, from March, 1862; in the Artillery Reserve, 4th Corps, Army of the Potomac, from June, 1862; at Gloucester Point, Va., from August, 1862; at Yorktown, Va., from August, 1862; in Artillery Reserve, 4th Corps, from October, 1862; in 1st Brigade, King's Division, 4th Corps, from June, 1863; at Yorktown, Va., from July, 1863; at Portsmouth from January, 1864; and one section served with the Cavalry Division, Army of the James, in May, 1864. Commanded by Capt. Peter Morton, the battery was honorably discharged and mustered out at Norfolk, Va., June 30, 1865, having, during its serivce, lost by death, of wounds received in action, I enlisted man; of disease and other causes, 40 enlisted men; total, 41.

Battles and Casualties Table from Phisterer

Civil War Newspaper Clippings

Unit Roster

 

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