Summary Statement, 4th Quarter, 1863 – North Carolina

Considering December 1863, one year after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect, US Colored Troops had become an important, if not essential, component of the Federal war machine. We historians say they’d proven their mettle at places such as Morris Island. However, questions remained in the minds of the more traditional line officers. But noneContinue reading “Summary Statement, 4th Quarter, 1863 – North Carolina”

Summary Statement, 4th Quarter, 1863 – New Jersey

Next we turn to the batteries from the Garden State. Five entries representing the artillerymen from New Jersey: As the state’s batteries were at times referenced by number, yet at others by letter, I’ll provide both here: 1st Battery / Battery A: At Brandy Station, Virginia with six 10-pdr Parrotts. Captain William Hexamer remained inContinue reading “Summary Statement, 4th Quarter, 1863 – New Jersey”

Summary Statement, 4th Quarter, 1863 – Miscellaneous New York Artillery

Below the list of independent batteries are three lines covering returns from formations either outside the listed artillery organizations or under the other branches of service. These are always good stories, often alluding to lesser known aspects of the war: Examining these three in detail: 99th New York, U.S. Gunboat “Smith Briggs”: Reporting from FortContinue reading “Summary Statement, 4th Quarter, 1863 – Miscellaneous New York Artillery”