1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery K

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 "K" 1st Regiment Light Artillery. Organized at Cleveland, Marietta and Camp Dennison, Ohio, and mustered in October 22, 1861. Left State for West Virginia February, 1862. Attached to Cheat Mountain District, West Virginia, to March, 1862. Cheat Mountain District, Dept. of the Mountains, to June, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 1st Army Corps, Pope's Army of Virginia, to September. 1862. Artillery, 1st Division, 11th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1863. Reserve Artillery, 11th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1863. Artillery Brigade, 11th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to September, 1863, and Army of the Cumberland to December, 1863. Garrison Artillery, Bridgeport, Ala., Dept. of the Cumberland, to April, 1864. Unattached Artillery, Dept. of the Cumberland, to May, 1864. Stevenson, Ala., District of North Alabama, Dept. of the Cumberland, to October, 1864. 3rd Brigade, Defences Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad, Dept. of the Cumberland, to March, 1865. Post of Stevenson, Ala., Dept. of the Cumberland, to July, 1865.
SERVICE.--Battle of McDowell May 8, 1862; Franklin May 28. Pursuit of Jackson up the Shenandoah Valley, Strasburg and Staunton Road June 1-2. Harrisonburg June 6; Cross Keys June 8; Port Republic June 9: at Middletown till July, and at Sperryville till August. Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia August 16-September 2. Fords of the Rappahannock August 21-23. Freeman's Ford, Hazel River and Leary's Ford August 22. Waterloo Bridge August 23-25. Battle of Groveton August 29; Bull Run August 30. Duty in the Defences of Washington, D.C., till December, Expedition from Centreville to Warrenton Junction and Bristoe Station September 25-28. March to Fredericksburg, Va., December 10-16. Burnside's 2nd Campaign, "Mud March," January 20-24. 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. Duty on line of the Rappahannock till September. Moved to Bridgeport, Ala., September 24-October 3. Reopening Tennessee River October 26-29. Battle of Wauhatchie October 28-29. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Lookout Mountain November 23-24. Mission Ridge November 25. Assigned to Reserve Artillery and Garrison duty at Bridgeport and Stevenson, Ala., December, 1863, to July, 1865. Ordered home July 3. Mustered out July 17, 1865. Battery lost during service 1 Officer and 5 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 14 Enlisted men by disease. Total 20.

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