Battery G

1st Rhode Island Light Artillery

Descendants Association

(Went Forward On April 2, 1865 With The Infantry Assault To Provide Close Support)

Participated in the Breakthrough Battle at Petersburg on April 2, 1865

Fought on or near the present day grounds of Pamplin Historical Park

Organized at Providence December, 1861. Left State for Washington, D.C., December 7.  Attached to Sedgwick's Division,  Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862. Reserve Artillery, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to October, 1862. Artillery, 3rd Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army Potomac, to May, 1863. 4th Volunteer Brigade, Artillery Reserve, Army Potoma , to July, 1863. Artillery Brigade, 6th Army Corps, Army Potomac, to August, 1864, and Army of the Shenandoah, Middle Military Division, to November, 1864. Camp Barry, 22nd Army Corps, Dept. of Washington, to December, 1864. Artillery Brigade, 6th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to June, 1865.

SERVICE. Duty at Camp Sprague, Defenses of Washington, D.C., until January 3, 1862. Moved to Darnestown January 3 and to Poolesville , Md. Duty there until February and at Edward's Ferry until March. At Bolivar Heights until March 26. Moved to Washington, D.C., thence to the Virginia Peninsula March 26-April 2. Siege of Yorktown April 5-May 4. Battle of Fair Oaks , Seven Pines, May 31-June 1. Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1. Peach Orchard and Savage Station June 29. Charles City Cross Roads and Glendale June 30. Malvern Hill July 1. At Harrison 's Landing until August 16. Movement to Alexandria August 16-28, thence march to Fairfax C. H. August 28-31. Cover retreat of Pope's army from Bull Run to Washington, D.C., August 31-September 2. Battle of Antietam, Md., September 16-17. Moved to Harper's Ferry, W. Va. , September 22, and duty there until October 22. Advance up Loudoun Valley and movement to Falmouth, Va., October 30-November 18. Battle of Fredericksburg December 12-15. "Mud March" January 20-24, 1863. At Falmouth until April. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27- May 6. Maryes Heights, Fredericksburg, May 3. Salem Heights May 3-4. Banks' Ford May 4. Franklin's Crossing June 5-13. Battle of Gettysburg , Pa., July 2-4. Near Fairfield July 5. Funkstown, Md., July 10-13. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Rappahannock Station November 7. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2.  At Brandy Station until May, 1864. Rapidan Campaign May-June. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Spotsylvania May 8-12; Spotsylvania C. H. May 12-21. Assault on the Salient May 12. North Anna River May 23-26. On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12. Before Petersburg June 17-18. Siege of Petersburg June 16-July 9. Jerusalem Plank Road June 22-23. Moved to Washington, D.C., July 9-12. Repulse of Early's attack on Washington July 12. Snicker's Ferry July 17-18. Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley Campaign August to November. Battle of Opequan, Winchester, September 19. Fisher's Hill September 22. Mount Jackson September 23-24. Battle of Cedar Creek October 19. Duty at Winchester and Kernstown until November. Moved to Washington , D.C., and refit, thence moved to Petersburg, Va. Siege of Petersburg December, 1864, to April, 1865. Fort Fisher, Petersburg, March 25, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Assault on and fall of Petersburg April 2. Pursuit of Lee April 3-9. Sailor's Creek April 6. High Bridge and Farmville April 7. Appomattox C. H. April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. Mustered out June 24, 1865.

Battery lost during service 2 Officers and 10 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 18 Enlisted men by disease. Total 30.

Source - A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer



Battery G, 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery

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