The Civil War in Kansas

2nd Independent Battery, Kansas Light Artillery

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There were three units known as the Kansas 2nd Artillery. The 2nd Independent Battery, Kansas Light Artillery (Blair/Smith) was organized at Fort Scott and mustered in September 10, 1862. The Battery lost during service 3 Enlisted men killed and 18 Enlisted men by disease. Total 21. OFFICERS:
Captain Charles White Blair - promoted to major and transferred to 2nd Kansas Cavalry
Captain Edward A. Smith
1st Lieutenant Daniel C. Knowles - commanded one section at the battles of Westport and Mine Creek


Attached to Dept. of Kansas to September, 1862. 1st Brigade, Dept. of Kansas, to October, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Army of the Frontier, Dept. of Missouri (1 Section), to February, 1863. District of Southwest Missouri, Dept. Missouri, to June, 1863. District of the Frontier, Dept. Missouri, to January, 1864. Unattached, District of the Frontier, 7th Corps, Dept. Arkansas, to May, 1864. 1st Brigade, District of the Frontier, 7th Corps, to February, 1865. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 7th Corps, to July, 1865.


Duty at Fort Scott, Kansas, until June, 1863. (1st Section moved to Greenfield, Mo., September 1-3, 1862. Action at Newtonia September 30. Occupation of Newtonia October 4. Cane Hill November 28. 2nd Section moved from Fort Scott to Pea Ridge, Ark., October 12-19, 1862, returning to Fort Scott December 3-10, 1862.) Scout from Creek Agency to Jasper County, Mo., May 16-19, 1863 (1 Section). Sherwood May 19. (1 Section moved to Baxter Springs May 6, returning to Fort Scott June 24.) Fort Gibson May 22. Near Fort Gibson May 28. Operations about Fort Gibson June 6-20. Greenleaf Prairie June 16. 1 Section moved to Fort Gibson with supply train June 19-July 4. Action at Cabin Creek July 1-2 and 5. Battery moved to Fort Gibson July 5-12. Elk Creek near Honey Springs July 17. Duty at Fort Gibson until August 22. Near Sherwood August 14. Campaign to Perryville, C. N., August 22-31. At Fort Gibson until November. Ordered to Fort Smith, Ark., arriving November 15, and duty there until July, 1865. Near Fort Smith July 31, 1864. (1 Section at Clarksville June and July, 1864. 1 Section remained at Fort Scott and participated in the pursuit of Price.) Battle of Westport October 23, and pursuit beyond Fort Scott. Joined Battery at Fort Smith June, 1865. Action at Dardanelle, Ark., January 14, 1865. Battery mustered out August 11, 1865.


The composite roster of this regiment contains 294 names.



Rigdon, John C. Editor - The Union Regiements of Kansas
Dyer, Frederick H. - A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion

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