The allocation of volunteer artillery to the State of Michigan for Federal Service was 1 Regiment consisting of 12 Batteries. The designation for the Regiment furnished was the 1st Michigan Artillery, consisting of Batteries "A" thru "I", and "K","L", "M".

There were 14 Batteries raised, and the last two were designated by a numerical designation the 13th and 14th. During the war newsmen of the time gave the Batteries numerical designation, instead of alphabetical in their news releases, although they were officially, the opposite.

The Regiment of the Michigan Light Artillery was composed of twelve six gun batteries. They were commanded by Colonel C.O. Loomis, but from the character of the that arm of the service, the batteries were never brought together as a unified Regiment, as a result, no definitive history could be written as a whole. I have therefore thought it best to separate the histories by Battery.

During its term of Federal service it carried on its rolls 3333 officers and men, while 265 had re-enlisted as veteran volunteers in specific batteries.

The batteries composing the Regiment served in all principal armies, and some of them bore conspicuous parts in the most important battles of the war, in which western armies were engaged, while some served in the extreme South.

Their services in battle were credible wherever an opportunity offered, but, like all other batteries in the war, they failed in getting a proportionate notoriety or reputation with that of the Cavalry or Infantry arm of the service, owing to a less amount of correspondence with the public press of the country.


ColonelLoomis, Cyrus O. Ionia County32
Lt. Colonel Hale, Luther F. L.Detroitn/a
Lt. Colonel Ross, William H. L.Detroitn/a
MajorChurch, Josiah W. Grand Havenn/a
Major Ely, John J. Ionian/a
Major Arndt, Albert E. R.Otiscon/a
Major Schuetz, John C.Lowelln/a

Battery "A" "Loomis's"
Battery "B" "Ross's"
Battery "C" "Robinson's"
Battery "D" "Church's"
Battery "E" "Dennis's"
Battery "F" "Hale's"
Battery "G" "Lanphere's"
Battery "H" "De Golyer's"
Battery "I" "Daniels's"
Battery "K" "Schuetz's"
Battery "L" "Thompson 's"
Battery "M" "Hilliar's"
13th Battery "Riordan's"
14th Battery "Heine's"


Michigan. AGO. Records of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War. Vol. 1. Kalamazoo, MI: Ihling, 1905. E514.3.M62v1. (Alphabetical list of regiment's personnel).

Robertson, John, compiler. Michigan in the War. Lansing, MI: W. S. George, 1880. pp. 165-86. E514.M62. (Brief history of the regiment).


Information provided by Don Harvey - www.michiganinthewar.org. Used by permission.
Dyer, Frederick H. - A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion

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