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Term: Civil War 1st Light Artillery | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Civil War: 1st Light Artillery

Term: Civil War 1st Light Artillery | Wisconsin Historical Society
Dictionary of Wisconsin History.

The 1st Wisconsin Light Artillery was organized at La Crosse and mustered in October 10, 1861. It moved to Camp Utley in Racine and served on duty there until January 23, 1862. From Wisconsin it traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, on January 23, 1862, and served duty there until April 3. From Kentucky, the battery moved through Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.  It participated in the Cumberland Gap, Western Louisiana, and Red River Campaigns, the battles of Port Gibson and Champion Hill, and the sieges of Vicksburg and Jackson. The regiment mustered out on July 18, 1865. It lost 28 men during service. Five enlisted men were killed. One officer and 22 enlisted men died from disease.


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[Source: Estabrook, Charles E, ed. Records and sketches of military organizations: population, legislation, election and other statistics relating to Wisconsin in the period of the Civil War. (Madison, 1914?).]

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