1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery I

compiled by Larry Stevens

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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 "I" 1st Regiment Light Artillery. Organized at Cincinnati, Ohio, as a Company of Light Artillery, and engaged in guarding the fortifications and approaches to that city, back of Newport, Ky., Mt. Adams and Price's Hill October to December, 1861. Organized and mustered in as Battery "I" December 3, 1861. Left Cincinnati, Ohio, for Parkersburg, W. Va., January 26, 1862, thence moved to New Creek February 3. Attached to Milroy's Command, Cheat Mountain District, W. Va., to April, 1862. Milroy's Independent Brigade, Dept. of the Mountains, to June, 1862. Unattached, 3rd Division, 1st Corps, Pope's Army of Virginia, to September, 1862. Artillery, 3rd Division, 11th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to May, 1863. Artillery Brigade, 11th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to September, 1863, and Army of the Cumberland to November, 1863. Artillery, 2nd Division, 4th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to December, 1863. Garrison Artillery, Chattanooga, Tenn., Dept, of the Cumberland, to April, 1864. Artillery, 1st Division, 14th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to July, 1864. Artillery Brigade, 14th Army Corps, to September, 1864. Garrison Artillery, Chattanooga, Tenn., to March, 1865. 2nd Separate Division, District of the Etowah, Dept. of the Cumberland, to July, 1865.
SERVICE.--Expedition to Moorefield, W. Va., February 11-16, 1862. Action at Moorefield February 12. Moved to Clarksburg, W. Va., thence to Beverly March 26. Joined Milrow at Monterey, Dinwiddle Gap, April 25. Shenandoah Mountain May 7. McDowell May 8. Franklin May 26. Strasburg June 1. Harrisonburg June 6. Cross Keys June 8. Port Republic June 9. Luray June 10. At Middletown till July 7, and at Luray till August. Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia August 16-September 2. Fords of the Rappahannock August 21-23. Freeman's Ford and Hazel Run August 22. Battles of Gainesville August 28. Groveton August 29. Bull Run August 30. Duty in the Defences of Washington and at Fairfax Court House till December. Manassas Gap November 5-6. March to Fredericksburg, Va., December 10-16. Burnside's 2nd Campaign "Mud March" January 20-24, 1863. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3. On line of the Rappahannock till September. Movement to Bridgeport, Ala., September 24-October 3. Reopening Tennessee River October 26-29. Battle of Wauhatchie, Tenn., October 28-29. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Orchard Knob November 23. Mission Ridge November 24-25. Garrison duty at Chattanooga till April 23, 1864. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1 to September 8, 1864. Demonstrations on Rocky Face Ridge May 8-11. Buzzard's Roost Gap May 8-9. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Advance on Dallas May 18-25. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Pickett's Mills May 27. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Pine Hill June 11-14. Lost Mountain June 15-17. Assault on Kenesaw June 27; Ruff's Station, Smyrna Camp Ground, July 4; Chattanooga River July 5-17; Peach Tree Creek July 19-20. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Utoy Creek August 5-7. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Ordered to Chattanooga, Tenn., September, and garrison duty there till June, 1865. Mustered out June 13, 1865. Battery lost during service 1 Officer and 13 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 15 Enlisted men by disease. Total 29.
Thanks to Dr. Richard A. Sauers for the initial research and indexing of the National Tribune articles.

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