O-H! I-O! All the Buckeyes are standing up making letters with their arms now…..
Referring back to the fourth quarter, 1862 summaries, we noted the 1st Ohio Light Artillery Regiment was equipped with some of the less preferred cannons. We also found the regiment split between the Armies of the Cumberland and Potomac:
Given the reorganizations that winter, we have dots to connect for the administrative columns:
- Battery A: At Murfreesboro, Tennessee with two 12-pdr Napoleons and four 3.80-inch James Rifles. According to the unit history, the battery held two 12-pdr howitzers and a pair of Napoleons through the winter months. On March 22th, they received four new James Rifles, turning in the howitzers. Captain Wilbur F. Goodspeed resumed command during the winter. Under reorganizations, the battery went to Second Division, Twentieth Corps, Army of the Cumberland.
- Battery B: Reporting at Nashville, Tennessee with two 6-pdr field guns and four 3.80-inch James Rifles. Remaining under Captain William E. Standart, this battery was part of Second Division, Twenty-First Corps, Army of the Cumberland. And as such, was actually at the forward outpost position (with the rest of the division) “up on Cripple Creek”…Tennessee.
- Battery C: At Lavergne, Tennessee with two 12-pdr Napoleons (replacing two 6-pdr field guns from the previous report) and four 3.80-inch James Rifles. Captain Daniel K. Southwick remained commanded this battery. Under reorganizations, it was assigned to the Third Division, Fourteenth Corps.
- Battery D: Wintering at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, with three 3-inch Ordnance Rifles. This report covered just one section, under Lieutenant Nathaniel M. Newell, with the Second Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Cumberland. Captain Andrew J. Konkle was the batter commander, but his name does not appear on reports until later in the spring, with a section assigned to First Division of the same Cavalry Corps. Konkle reported ill through the winter, leaving him unable to perform manual labor and the basis for an invalid pension claim after the war.
- Battery E: No report. Captain Warren P. Edgarton’s battery was initially assigned to Second Division, Twentieth Corps. This battery suffered heavily, losing its guns, at Stones River. As such, it was posted to Nashville through the winter months. Edgarton became the artillery commander of the Nashville garrison. Lieutenant Stephen W. Dorsey assumed command of the battery, which was later assigned to the Reserve Corps, Army of the Cumberland.
- Battery F: No report. Lieutenant Norval Osburn assumed on the field at Stones River. Later in the winter Captain Daniel T. Cockerill recovered from his wounds and returned to command. The battery served in Second Division, Twenty-first Corps. For the previous quarter, reporting two 12-pdr field howitzers and four 3.80-inch James Rifles. But consolidated reports indicate the battery had six 12-pdr Napoleons and five 3.80-inch James Rifles (!).
- Battery G: At Murfreesboro with four 12-pdr Napoleons and two 3-inch Ordnance Rifles (completely re-equipped after Stones River). Captain Alexander Marshall’s battery assigned to Second Division, Fourteenth Corps.
- Battery H: At Falmouth, Virginia with six 3-inch Ordnance Rifles. Captain James F. Huntington resumed command of this battery. The battery supported Third Division, Third Corps, Army of the Potomac.
- Battery I: Reporting at Stafford Court House, Virginia with six 12-pdr Napoleons. Captain Hubert Dilger’s battery were part of Third Division, Eleventh Corps.
- Battery K: No report. Commanded by Captain William L. De Beck, this battery supported First Division, Eleventh Corps. I believe they were armed with 12-pdr Napoleons at this time.
- Battery L: At Stafford, Virginia with Six 12-pdr Napoleons. Captain Frank C. Gibbs had command of this battery, supporting Second Division, Fifth Corps.
- Battery M: Also at Murfreesboro and reporting one 6-pdr field gun, two 3-inch steel guns, and three 3.80-inch James Rifles (considerably different from the previous quarter, but still a mixed battery). Captain Frederick Schultz commanded this battery, assigned to Second Division, Fourteenth Corps.
Two tangents to recognize with the administrative details and cannons reported. As mentioned before the Army of the Cumberland’s reorganization from one corps (with wings) into multiple corps caused considerable re-alignment through the winter. Secondly, those same batteries, while not quite up to the level of those in the east, were phasing out the less efficient 6-pdr guns and 12-pdr howitzers. The James Rifles, however, persisted.
With the winter refitting of the batteries in mind, consider the quantities and types of smoothbore ammunition reported on hand:
Excepting Batteries D and H, every reporting battery had some smoothbore ammunition on hand:
- Battery A: 56 shot, 64 shell, 108 case, and 72 canister for 12-pdr Napoleons.
- Battery B: 40 canister for 6-pdr field guns.
- Battery C: 15 shot, 42 case, and 46 canister for 6-pdr field guns; 96 shot, 32 shell, and 64 canister for 12-pdr Napoleon.
- Battery G: 77 shot and 148 canister for 6-pdr guns; 168 shot, 64 shells, 128 case, and 64 canister for 12-pdr Napoleons; then 143 shell and 46 canister for 12-pdr howitzers.
- Battery I: 288 shot, 96 shell, 288 case, and 96 canister for 12-pdr Napoleons.
- Battery L: 312 shot, 112 shell, 296 case, and 136 canister for 12-pdr Napoleons.
- Battery M: 64 shot, 105 case, and 27 canister for 6-pdr field guns.
So Battery B only had canister for its 6-pdrs. Battery C retained 6-pdr ammunition, at least at the end of the quarter, after turning in two 6-pdrs. But those are small issues compared with Battery G, which had substantial amounts of ammunition for guns it had lost earlier.
Turning to the rifled projectiles, there are first the Hotchkiss:
Two calibers to consider – 3-inch and 3.80-inch:
- Battery A: 90 shot for 3.80-inch James.
- Battery C: 102 shot, 379 fuse shell, and 96 bullet shell for 3.80-inch James.
- Battery D: 54 canister and 60 bullet shell for 3-inch rifles.
- Battery G: 77 canister, 96 percussion shell, 120 fuse shell, and 96 bullet shell for 3-inch rifles.
- Battery H: 96 canister, 450 percussion shell, and 754 bullet shell for 3-inch rifles.
- Battery M: 56 canister, 115 percussion shell, 40 fuse shell, and 180 bullet shell for 3-inch rifles; 75 shot and 56 bullet shell for 3.80-inch James.
A couple more Hotchkiss entries on the next page, along with one for James projectiles:
The last two Hotchkiss columns:
- Battery A: 60 Hotchkiss canister for 3.80-inch James.
- Battery M: 94 Hotchkiss canister for 3.80-inch James.
And just one column of James-patent:
- Battery C: 61 James shells for 3.80-inch James.
Moving to the last page of rifled projectiles:
- Battery A: 440 Schenkl shells for 3.80-inch James.
- Battery B: 240 Schenkl shells for 3.80-inch James.
- Battery C: 403 Schenkl shells for 3.80-inch James.
- Battery M: 102 Schenkl shells for 3.80-inch James.
- Battery B: 200 canister for 3.80-inch James.
- Battery M: 42 canister for 3.80-inch James.
Lastly, we move to the small arms:
- Battery A: Three Navy revolvers and two cavalry sabers.
- Battery B: Three horse artillery sabers.
- Battery C: Eight horse artillery sabers.
- Battery G: Nine Navy revolvers and twelve horse artillery sabers.
- Battery H: Twenty Army revolvers and fourty-eight horse artillery sabers.
- Battery I: Twelve Navy revolvers and fourty-three horse artillery sabers.
- Battery L: Eighteen Navy revolvers and thirty-seven horse artillery sabers.
- Battery M: Seven Army revolvers and eight cavalry sabers.
Those eastern batteries seemed to carry more small arms than their western counterparts.