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 (Hopkins) was attached to the 2nd Kansas Cavalry.

This unit had a checkered existence, ending up as the Kansas 3rd Artilllery. The battery was originally recruited by Henry Hopkins and John F. Aduddell in late 1861, but was ultimately organized as Company B, 2nd Kansas Cavalry, December 9, 1861. It was organized as a Battery October 27, 1862, with guns captured at Old Fort Wayne, and designated as Hopkins' Kansas Battery. This was meant as a temporary assignment and its designation was changed to 3rd Battery October 1, 1863. It was mustered out January 19, 1865 and the Veterans and Recruits were transferred to the 2nd Kansas Battery.

The National Archives Index maintains a separate index for this battery which contains 170 names. The roster of the Kansas 3rd Artillery contains 166 names. We have combined them into the Historical Sketch and Roster of the Kansas 3rd Artillery.

The battery lost a total of 20 men during service; 2 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 18 enlisted men died of disease.

Henry Hopkins
John F. Aduddell


Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, Army of the Frontier, Department of the Missouri, October 1862, to February 1863. District of Northwest Arkansas, Department of the Missouri, to June 1863. District of the Frontier, Department of the Missouri, to December 1863. 3rd Brigade, District Frontier, Department of the Missouri, to January 1864. 3rd Brigade, District of the Frontier, VII Corps, Department of Arkansas, to January 1865.


Occupation of Newtonia October 4, 1862. Hazel Bottom October 14. Shell's Mill October 16. Cane Hill November 28. Battle of Prairie Grove, Ark., December 7. Expedition over Boston Mountains to Van Buren December 2731. At Rhea's Mills January 1, 1863. Ordered to Fort Gibson February, arriving March 1, and duty there until July 17, 1863. Action at Webber's Falls April 28. Honey Springs July 1. At Webber's Falls and Scullyville until September. March to Van Buren September 2, and duty there until January 1865. (A detachment of 60 men were sent to Little Rock on September 13, 1864 to receive a new battery and remained on duty there until January 1, 1865. Attached to Battery G, 1st Missouri Light Artillery, September 13, 1864 to January 1, 1865.)


The composite roster of this regiment contains 170 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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