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This battery was organized at Indianapolis on Aug. 5, 1861, and was mustered in on the 9th. It left for St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 5, and remained there in camp nearly three weeks, when it was ordered to Jefferson City. On Oct. 24 it left Jefferson City as part of Gen. Hunter's division and marched to Springfield via of Tipton and Mount View. It went into winter quarters at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., remaining there until the spring of 1862, when it marched to Fort Scott, and later to Iola, Baxter springs and Spring river. A detachment with 4 pieces, marched on June 5 to Round Grove on Cowskin prairie in the Cherokee Nation, participating in a fight with Col. Coffee's forces and routing them with 6 rounds, a large amount of live stock, camp equipage and munitions of war being captured. On June 28, the battery moved with Salomon's brigade against a body of Indians commanded by Gen. Rains at Round Grove, but the enemy fled without giving battle. The battery was employed in several expeditions and was engaged at Lone Jack and Newtonia, Mo. It then moved into Arkansas and was engaged at Cane Hill, Prairie Grove and Van Buren. It was stationed at Springfield, Mo., whence in July, 1863, the greater portion was detached and sent into the field in Arkansas and Indian Territory, being engaged at Perryville in the Choctaw Nation and Cotton gap, Ark. The battery was there united and participated at Buffalo mountain, after which it moved to Waldron and Fort Smith, Ark. A small number reenlisted as veterans in Jan., 1864. The battery was next engaged at Prairie d'Ane and Moscow, and in the battle of Poisoned Spring it lost two guns. It fought at Marks' Mills, and Jenkins' ferry, after which it went to Fort Smith, where it took part in the battles fought in defense of the place late in July. It was broken up as an organization in Sept., 1864, the non-veterans being mustered out at Indianapolis on the 5th. It was reorganized at Indianapolis on Sept. 18, 1864, with James S. Wicher as captain, and moved to Nashville in Dec, 1864, where it took part in the battle and remained until the latter part of June, 1865. Returning to Indianapolis with 113 men it was mustered out July 3, 1865. The original strength was 134; gain by recruits, 247; total, 381. Loss by death, 23; desertion, 15; unaccounted for, 85.


Attached to Fremont's Army of the West to November, 1861. District of Fort Scott, Kansas, Dept. of Kansas, to June, 1862. Solomon's 3rd Brigade, Dept. of Kansas, to October, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, Army of the Frontier, to January, 1863. Springfield, Mo., Dept. of Missouri, to July, 1863. District of the Frontier, Dept. of Missouri, to December, 1863. 2nd Brigade, District of the Frontier, to January, 1864. 2nd Brigade, District of the Frontier, 7th Army Corps, Dept. of Arkansas, to September, 1864. Indianapolis, Ind., to October, 1864. Post and District of Nashville, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to February, 1865. Garrison Artillery, Murfreesboro, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to July, 1865.


David G. Rabb, John W. Rabb, Hugh Espy, Jr.


Camp at St. Louis, Mo., September 6-25, 1861. Fremont's advance on Springfield, Mo., October 4-November 2. Moved to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; thence to Fort Scott, Kansas, and duty there till May, 1862. Moved to Iola, Kansas, May 23. Expedition into Indian Territory May 25-July 8. Action at Round Grove, I. T., June 5. Capture of Fort Gibson July 18. Blount's Campaign in Missouri and Arkansas September to December. Old Fort Wayne, or Beattie's Prairie, near Maysville, October 22. Between Fayetteville and Cane Hill November 9. Cane Hill, Boston Mountains, November 28. Capture of Fort Davis Dec. Battle of Prairie Grove December 7. Moved to Springfield, Mo., January, 1863, and duty there till June, 1863. Operations in Indian Territory and Arkansas July to September. Action at Perryville, C. N., August 26. Cotton Gap, Devil's Backbone, Fort Smith September 1. Dardanelle September 9. Creek Agency, I. T., October 15 and 25. Duty at Waldron and Fort Smith and operations in Western Arkansas till March, 1864. Scout from Waldron to Mt. Ida, Caddo Gap and Dallas December 2-7, 1863. Niobrara December 4, 1863. Steele's Expedition to Camden March 23-May 3, 1864. Prairie D'Ann April 9-12. Moscow April 13. Camden April 16-18. Poison Springs April 18. Jenkins' Ferry, Saline River, April 30. Duty at Fort Smith till September. Mazzard's Prairie, near Fort Smith, July 27. Defence of Fort Smith July 29-31. Ordered to Indiana September, and Non-Veterans mustered out September 14, 1864. Battery reorganized at Indianapolis, Ind., October 14, 1864. Moved to Nashville, Tenn., and assigned to duty there as Garrison Artillery November, 1864, to June, 1865. Battle of Nashville December 15-16, 1864. Ordered to Indiana June, 1865, and mustered out at Indianapolis, Ind., July 3, 1865.



REF: Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion
Federal Publishing Company. The Union Army.

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