3rd Ohio Independent Battery

compiled by Larry Stevens

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This Battery was organized by Captain William S. Williams and served a three month term in West Virginia. In February, 1862, it was fully equipped for three years service, and went to the field. It fought at Shiloh, Corinth and Iuka, and moved with Grant around Vicksburg, taking part in all the battles and siege operations. It accompanied Sherman's Meridian expedition and afterwards joined the Atlanta campaign, fighting at Kenesaw, Atlanta and Jonesboro. It followed Hood's forces to Nashville and took part in the defense of that city. The battery was afterwards transferred to Fort Donelson and there remained until mustered out August 1st, 1865.

From Dyer's Compendium

3rd Independent Battery Light Artillery. Organized at Canton, Minerva and Massillon, Ohio, November 9, 1861, to March 15, 1862. Ordered to Pittsburg Landing. Tenn., March 15, 1862. Attached to 6th Division, Army of the Tennessee, to July, 1862. Artillery, 6th Division, District of Corinth, Miss., to November, 1862. 3rd Division, Left Wing 13th Army Corps, Dept. of the Tennessee, to December, 1862. Artillery, 3rd Division, 17th Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee, to November, 1864. Artillery Reserve, Nashville, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to March, 1865. Garrison Fort Donelson, Tenn., 5th Sub-District, District of Middle Tennessee, to July, 1865.
SERVICE--Battle of Shiloh, Tenn., April 6-7, 1862. Advance on and siege of Corinth, Miss., April 29-May 30. Duty at Corinth till November. Battle of Corinth October 3-4. Grant's Central Mississippi Campaign November, 1862, to January, 1863. Reconnoissance to LaGrange November 8-9. Moved to Memphis, Tenn., January, 1863, and duty there till February 21. Moved to Lake Providence, La., February 21, thence to Milliken's Bend, La. Movement on Bruinsburg and turning Grand Gulf April 25-30. Battle of Port Gibson May 1. (Reserve). Forty Hills, Hankinson's Ferry, May 3-4. Battle of Raymond May 12. Jackson May 14. Champion's Hill May 16. Siege of Vicksburg May 18-July 4. Assaults on Vicksburg May 19 and 22. Surrender of Vicksburg July 4. Duty at Vicksburg till February, 1864. Expedition to Canton and Brownsville October 14-20, 1863. Bogue Chitto Creek October 17. Meridian Campaign February 3-March 2, 1864. Clinton, Miss., March 26. At Vicksburg till April 4. March to Huntsville, Ala., thence to Ackworth, Ga,, April 4-June 8. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign June 8-September 8. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Bushy Mountain June 15-17. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Nickajack Creek July 2-5. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Howell's Ferry July 5. Leggett's or Bald Hill July 20-21. Battle of Atlanta July 22. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Lovejoy Station September 2-6. Operations in North Georgia and North Alabama against Hood September 29-November 3. Ordered to Nashville, Tenn., and duty there and at Fort Donelson, Tenn., and vicinity as mounted Infantry till June, 1865. Ordered to Camp Taylor, Ohio, for muster out. Mustered out August 1, 1865. Battery lost during service 1 Enlisted man killed and 57 Enlisted men by disease. Total 58.

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

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