1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery E
Edgerton's Battery

compiled by Larry Stevens

References for this Unit


Organized as early as 1860, under the Ohio Militia laws, under Colonel James Barnett, it was ready for service when the war broke out. It consisted of twelve batteries, and after serving three months in West Virginia was mustered for three years September 3, 1861. Each Battery has a separate history, having served almost independently on different fields. Batteries A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and M followed the Army of the Cumberland under Buell to Shiloh, and took part in the battles of Stone River, Perryville, Chickamauga and Mission Ridge. They engaged in the many battles in Sherman's Atlanta campaign, and part joined Thomas in his hard fought battles about Franklin and Nashville. The others marched to the sea and through the Carolinas with Sherman. Batteries H and L fought all through the sanguinary battles of the Army of the Potomac, and Batteries I and K fought both east and west, having been transferred with Hooker's Corps to the west in 1863. This Regiment of Light Artillery has inscribed upon its banners nearly all of the great battles of the war, and part of it embraced a period of service of over five years.

From Dyer's Compendium

Battery "E" 1st Regiment Light Artillery. Organized at Camp Dennison, near Cincinnati, Ohio, and mustered in October 7, 1861. Action at West Liberty, Ky., October 23. Expedition into Eastern Ohio and West Virginia after Jenkins' Cavalry November 23-29. Moved to Louisville, Ky., December 2, 1861; thence to Bacon Creek, Ky., and duty there till February, 1862. Attached to 3rd Division, Army of Ohio, December, 1861, to September, 1862. Artillery, 2nd Division, 1st Army Corps, Army of Ohio, to November, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Right Wing 14th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to January, 1863. Post of Nashville. Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to June, 1863. Artillery, 2nd Division, Reserve Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to October, 1863. Unassigned, Dept. of the Cumberland, to November, 1863. 1st Division, Artillery Reserve, Dept. of the Cumberland, to December, 1863. Garrison Artillery at Bridgeport, Ala., Dept. of the Cumberland, to July, 1864. 1st Division, Artillery Reserve, Dept. of the Cumberland, to November, 1864. Garrison Artillery, Nashville, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to July, 1865.
SERVICE.--Advance on Bowling Green, Ky., and Nashville, Tenn., February 10-25. Occupation of Nashville February 25. Reconnoissance to Shelbyville and McMinnville March 25-29. Advance on Fayetteville April 4-7, and on Huntsville April 10-11. Capture of Huntsville April 11. Advance on and capture of Decatur, Florence and Tuscumbia April 11-14. Action at West Bridge, near Bridgeport. April 29. Destruction of railroad bridge across the Tennessee River. Relief of 18th Ohio at Athens May 1 and dispersement of Scott's Forces. Negley's Chattanooga Campaign May 27-June 14. Duty at Battle Creek June-July. Action at Battle Creek June 21. Occupy Fort McCook August 20-25. March to Louisville, Ky., in pursuit of Bragg August 25-September 26. Pursuit of Bragg into Kentucky October 1-15. Lawrenceburg October 6. Dog Walk October 9. March to Nashville, Tenn., October 20-November 7, and duty there till December 26. Reconnoissance from Lavergne November 19. Advance on Murfreesboro December 26-30. Battle of Stone's River December 30-31, 1862, and January 1-3, 1863. Battery captured December 31. Ordered to Nashville, Tenn., January 20, 1863, and duty there till September. Moved to Stevenson, Ala., September 6; thence to Battle Creek, Anderson's Cross Roads and Chattanooga. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Battles of Chattanooga November 23-25. Garrison duty at Bridgeport, Ala., till July, 1864, and at Nashville, Tenn., till July, 1865. Battle of Nashville December 15-16, 1864. Mustered out July 10, 1865. Battery lost during service 3 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 29 Enlisted men by disease. Total 32.

Thanks to Dr. Richard A. Sauers for the initial research and indexing of the National Tribune articles.

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