Summary Statement, 4th Quarter, 1863 – Indiana Independent Batteries, Part 2

We continue with the Indiana independent batteries in this installment, working from the 14th Battery through to the bottom of the list, beyond the 24th Battery to Wilder’s Battery (which would become the 26th Battery):

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  • 14th Battery: At Corinth, Mississippi with three 6-pdr field guns and one 3-inch Ordnance Rifle.  Lieutenant Francis W. Morse remained in command (Captain Meredith H. Kidd was not with the battery at this time of the war).  The battery supported 2nd Division, Sixteenth Corps, part of the Post of Corinth. The battery moved from LaGrange to Pocahontas, Tennessee in the first half of October. Then moved to Corinth in late November.
  • 15th Battery: Reporting at Knoxville, Tennessee with four 3-inch rifles.  Captain John C. H. von Sehlen remained in command. Battery moved around with organizational changes in the Department of the Ohio.   Transferred from the Twenty-third Corps in November to the Department’s Cavalry Division. Then moved to the 2nd Division, Ninth Corps by the end of December. The battery participated in the siege of Knoxville.
  • 16th Battery: A return of Fort Washington, Maryland without any guns listed.  Lieutenant Charles R. Deming’s battery were part of the Washington Defenses. This former light battery now served as heavy artillery, for all practical purposes garrison infantry.
  • 17th Battery: At Harpers Ferry, Maryland, with six 3-inch Ordnance Rifles. Captain Milton L. Miner’s battery remained with the Maryland Heights Division, Department of West Virginia. 
  • 18th Battery:  No Return. Captain Eli Lilly’s battery transferred, as part of wider reorganizations to 2nd Cavalry Division, Army of the Cumberland.  The battery spent most of the fall supporting cavalry responding to Confederate raids. In action at Mossy Creek, Tennessee on December 29, Lilly mentioned only five 3-inch Ordnance Rifles.
  • 19th Battery: Reporting at Chattanooga, Tennessee with six 12-pdr Napoleons. Captain Samuel J. Harris’s battery supported Fourteenth Corps. In October, when the 4th Division was collapsed, the battery moved to the 3rd Division of that corps.
  • 20th Battery:  At Bridgeport, Alabama with two 6-pdr field guns and four 3.80-inch James rifles.  In October, Captain Milton A. Osborne’s battery moved out of Nashville, as part of the effort to secure supply lines to Chattanooga. On paper, still part of the Garrison of Nashville, the battery wintered at Bridgeport.
  • 21st Battery:  No location offered, but with four 20-pdr Parrotts (having given up their Napoleons).  Captain William W. Andrew’s battery transferred out of the Fourteenth Corps to the Army of the Cumberland’s Artillery Reserve, under October reorganizations.  The battery was stationed at Chattanooga during the winter.
  • 22nd Battery: At Camp Nelson, Kentucky with four 12-pdr Napoleons and two 10-pdr Parrotts.  Under Captain Benjamin F. Denning, this battery was assigned to the Second Division, Twenty-Third Corps, Army of the Ohio.  In December, the battery moved to Point Burnside, Kentucky. Well into 1864, the battery served in the Department of Southwestern Kentucky.
  • 23rd Battery:  Reporting at Knoxville, Tennessee with six 3.80-inch James Rifles.  Captain James H. Myers’ battery remained under Twenty-Third Corps.  Moving by way of the Cumberland Gap, the battery was among the forces operating around Morristown at the start of October. In December, the battery covered Bull’s Gap. The battery wintered along the Clinch River.
  • 24th Battery: Also reporting at Knoxville and also with six 3.80-inch James rifles. Captain Joseph A. Sims resigned on December 7. Lieutenant Alexander Hardy replaced him. As part of the Twenty-Third Corps, the battery saw action during the Confederate attempt to retake Knoxville. On November 16, the battery played an important role driving back those Confederates.
  • 25th Battery:  No return. The 25th would not organize until the late summer of 1864.  So this is simply a placeholder line.
  • 26th Battery or Wilder Battery: Also at Knoxville, but with six 3-inch Ordnance Rifles.  Recall this battery was first organized by (then) Captain John T. Wilder, later colonel of the famous “Lightning Brigade.” Though given the 26th as a designation in early 1864, through most of the war the battery was cited as Wilder’s.  Captain Hubbard T. Thomas commanded the battery, assigned to the Twenty-Third Corps.  The battery participated in the Siege of Knoxville.

We turn then to the ammunition, starting with the smoothbore rounds reported:

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  • 14th Battery: 608 shot and 500 case for 6-pdr field guns.
  • 19th Battery: 73 shot, 80 shell, and 178 case for 12-pdr Napoleons.
  • 20th Battery: 189 shot and 170 case for 6-pdr field guns.
  • 22nd Battery: 258 shot, 263 shell, and 271 case for 12-pdr Napoleons.

More smoothbore on the left side of the next page:

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  • 14th Battery: 94 canister for 6-pdr field guns.
  • 19th Battery: 238 canister for 12-pdr Napoleons.
  • 20th Battery: 35 canister for 6-pdr field guns.
  • 22nd Battery: 261 canister for 12-pdr Napoleons.

Hotchkiss rifled projectiles on the right side of this page:

  • 15th Battery: 180 Hotchkiss time fuse shell for 3-inch rifles.
  • 17th Battery: 240 Hotchkiss time fuse shell for 3-inch rifles.
  • 20th Battery: 392 Hotchkiss time fuse shell for 3.80-inch rifles.
  • 23rd Battery: 219 Hotchkiss time fuse shell for 3.80-inch rifles.
  • 24th Battery: 218 Hotchkiss time fuse shell for 3.80-inch rifles.
  • Wilder Battery: 320 Hotchkiss time fuse shell for 3-inch rifles.

More Hotchkiss on the left side of the next page:

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  • 14th Battery: 274 percussion fuse shell and 39 canister for 3-inch rifles.
  • 15th Battery: 525 bullet shell and 180 canister for 3-inch rifles.
  • 17th Battery: 720 bullet shell and 528 canister for 3-inch rifles.
  • 20th Battery: 161 percussion fuse shell, 20 bullet shell, and 162 canister for 3.80-inch rifles.
  • 23rd Battery: 317 percussion fuse shell, 95 bullet shell, and 210 canister for 3.80-inch rifles.
  • 24th Battery: 320 percussion fuse shell, 71 bullet shell, and 36 canister for 3.80-inch rifles.
  • Wilder Battery: 72 percussion fuse shell, 250 bullet shell, and 332 canister for 3-inch rifles.

To the right, one entry for Parrott projectiles:

  • 22nd Battery: 250 shot for 10-pdr Parrott.

More Parrott rounds on the next page:

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  • 14th Battery: 83 shell for 10-pdr Parrott (issued to a battery with 3-inch Ordnance rifles… presumably, under the rule of “if it fits, we shoot it!).
  • 21st Battery: 210 shell for 20-pdr Parrott.
  • 22nd Battery: 345 shell and 200 canister for 10-pdr Parrott.

No projectiles under the “miscellaneous” headings. So we move to the small arms:

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  • 14th Battery: 15 cavalry sabers.
  • 15th Battery: 28 Colt army revolvers and 20 horse artillery sabers.
  • 16th Battery: 126 Enfield .577 muskets, two Colt navy revolvers, eight foot officers’ swords, and two musicians’ swords.
  • 17th Battery: 16 Colt army revolvers and eleven horse artillery sabers.
  • 19th Battery: Six horse artillery sabers.
  • 20th Battery: 14 Colt navy revolvers.
  • 21st Battery: 15 Colt army revolvers and 24 horse artillery sabers.
  • 22nd Battery: 30 Colt navy revolvers and 32 horse artillery sabers.
  • 23rd Battery: 30 Remington army revolvers and 20 horse artillery sabers.
  • 24th Battery: 26 Remington navy revolvers and two horse artillery sabers.
  • Wilder Battery: 12 horse artillery sabers.

That brings us to the artillery cartridge bags and small arms cartridges:

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  • 14th Battery: 146 cartridge bags for 3-inch rifles.
  • 17th Battery: 100 cartridges for Sharps’ carbine. (no indication of why these would be on hand).
  • 21st Battery: 339 cartridge bags for 20-pdr Parrott, and 2,000 Sharps’ cartridges (which again, seems out of place).
  • 22nd Battery: 300 cartridge bags for 12-pdr Napoleons.
  • 23rd Battery: 100 cartridge bags for James rifles.
  • 24th Battery: 640 cartridge bags for James rifles.

Moving on, we last consult columns for pistol cartridges, artillery fuses, loose powder, and primers:

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  • 14th Battery: 290 friction primers.
  • 15th Battery: 360 paper fuses.
  • 17th Battery: 1,159 friction primers and 200 percussion caps.
  • 19th Battery: 250 army pistol cartridges and 365 friction primers.
  • 20th Battery: 1,800 navy pistol cartridges, 470 paper fuses, and 1,500 friction primers.
  • 21st Battery: 71 paper fuses and 295 friction primers.
  • 22nd Battery: 2,400 friction primers.
  • 23rd Battery: 605 army pistol cartridges, 1,505 friction primers, 10 yards of slow match, and 20 portfires.
  • 24th Battery: 500 paper fuses, 960 friction primers, 25 yards of slow match, and 40 portfires.
  • Wilder Battery: 1,190 paper fuses and 141 friction primers.

That rounds out the Indiana independent batteries. We have one additional line from the state’s summary to consider. That is for an artillery section reported by the 89th Indiana Infantry.

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