1st Regiment, Rhode Island Light Artillery

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Brief History

The 1st Regiment, Rhode Island Light Artillery was organized at Providence in Batteries A-H between June 6, 1861 and October 14, 1862. They were mustered out between June 11, 1865 and July 3, 1865.[1]

For more information see, The Civil War Archive Union Regimental Histories, Rhode Island, Artillery Units.

Batteries in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin

Men often enlisted in a battery (company) recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, batteries (companies) might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the battery (company) recruited in his county first.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 4,377 men on its roster for this unit. Roster.

  • BATTERY "A" 1st REGIMENT LIGHT ARTILLERY
    Battery "A" 1st Regiment Light Artillery was organized at Providence and mustered in June 6, 1861. It was transferred to Battery "B" 1st Rhode Island Artillery, September 30, 1864.
- Reichardt, Theodore. Diary of Battery A, First Regiment Rhode Island Light Artillery, (Providence: N. Bangs Williams, 1865). This book can be viewed at Internet Archive, Artillery Reserve , Penn State ManyBooks, Project Gutenberg, and Open Library. It can be purchased at Amazon .com
- Battery A, 1st R.I. Light Artillery contains history, rolls, etc.
- Rhode Island Grand Army of the Republic Museum, Find out why Rhode Island Volunteer Citizen Soldiers were regarded as the best in the artillery during the Civil War. It includes history and pictures.
- Wikipedia page on Battery A, 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery contains history, etc.
- Aldrich, Thomas M. The history of Battery A, First regiment Rhode Island light artillery in the war to preserve the union, 1861-1865 , can be viewed at books.google.com .
  • BATTERY "B" 1st REGIMENT LIGHT ARTILLERY.
    Battery "B" 1st Regiment Light Artillery was organized at Providence and mustered in August 13, 1861. It was moved to Washington, D. C., May 2-15 and Grand Review May 23. It was mustered out on June 13, 1865.
    For more information,see the Wikipedia article, "Battery B, 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery".
- Battery "B" 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery A non-profit organization of historians and re-enactors of the American Civil War 1861-65. It includes historical accounts as well as the offically reactivated Battery B Rhode Island Light Artillery as of May 25, 1986.
- The Civil War Archive Union Regimental Histories, Rhode Island 
Rhodes, John H. - The history of Battery B, first regiment Rhode Island light artillery: in'war to preserve the Union[1]
- Civil War in the East; a reference guide to America's Civil War
  • BATTERY "C" 1st REGIMENT LIGHT ARTILLERY.
    Battery "C" 1st Regiment Lighty Artillery was organized at Providence and mustered in August 25, 1861. It was consolidated with Battery "G," 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery, on December 23, 1864.
- For more information see, The Civil War Archive Union Regimental Histories, Rhode Island
  • BATTERY "D" 1st Regiment Light Artillery.
    Battery "D" 1st Regiment Light Artillery was organized at Providence and mustered in September 4, 1861. It was on duty in the Shenandoah Valley until July, 1865.
    It was mustered out on July 17, 1865.For more information see, The Civil War Archive Union Regimental Histories, Rhode Island
- Sumner, George C. - Battery D, First Rhode Island Light Artillery, in the Civil War. film #1550113.
- Fenner, Earl - The History of Battery H First regiment of Rhode Island Light Artillery in the War to Preserve the Union 1861-1865, Bibliography

Other Sources

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘Mississippi in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • Rhode Island in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Mississippi, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • Aldrich, Thomas M. The history of Battery A, First Regiment, Rhode Island Light Artillery i n the war to preserve the Union 1861-1865. (Washington [District of Columbia] : Filmed by the Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1976) FHL Film 1490894 and Bethesda, Maryland : Univerisity Publications of America, c1991), FHL Fiche 6083324
  • Butts, Francis B. (Francis Bannister) . The organization and first campaign of Battery E, First Rhode Island Light Artillery. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1991), FHL fiche 6083334
  • Chase, Philip S. (Philip Steven). Battery F, First Regiment Rhode Island Light Artillery in the Civil War, 1861-1865. (Providence [Rhode Island] : Snow & Farnham, 1892), FHL book 974.5 M2cb and (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1991)FHL fiche 6083337 and Organization and service of Battery F, First Rhode Island Light Artillery, to January 1st, 1863. FHL fiche 6118841 and Service with Battery F, First Rhode Island Light Artillery, in North Carolina. FHL fiche 6118842 and FHL Fiche 6118843 and Battery F, first regiment, Rhode Island Light Artillery : in the Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • Fenner, Earl. The history of Battery H, First Regiment Rhode Island Light Artillery, in the war to preserve the union, 1861-1865. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1991), FHL fiche 6083339 and (Providence [Rhode Island] : Snow & Farnham, printers, 1894), FHL book 974.5 M2f
  • Lewis, George. The history of Battery E, First Regiment Rhode Island Light Artillery, in the war of 1861 and 1865 to preserve the Union. (Washington [District of Columbia] : Filmed by the Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1987) FHL Film 1550108 and (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1991), FHL fiche 6083335
  • Monroe, John Albert. Battery D, First Rhode Island Light Artilliery : at the battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1991), FHL fiche 6118837 and Battery D, First Rhode Island Light Artillery : at the second battle of Bull Run. FHL fiche 6118838 and The Rhode Island artillery at the first battle of Bull Run. FHL fiche 6118840 and Reminiscences of the war of the rebellion of 1861-5. FHL Fiche 6118839
  • Parker, Ezra K. (Ezra Knight). Campaign of Battery D, First Rhode Island Light Artillery, in Kentucky and east Tennessee (1st Rhode Island Light Artillery Regiment Battery D). (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1991), FHL fiche 6083331 and From the Rapidan to the James under Grant. FHL Fiche 6083336
  • Peck, George Bacheler. Historical address delivered at the dedication of the memorial tablet on the arsenal : Benefit Street, corner of Meeting, Providence, R. I., Thursday, July 19, 1917. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1991), FHL fiche 6083325
  • Reichardt, Theodore. Diary of Battery A, First Regiment, Rhode Island Light Artillery. (Washington [District of Columbia] : Filmed by the Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1987), FHL film 1550110 and (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1991), FHL Fiche 6083326
  • Rhodes, John H. The history of Battery B, First Regiment Rhode Island Light Artillery, in the war to preserve the Union, 1861-1865. (Providence [Rhode Island] : Snow & Farnham, 1894), FHL book 974.5 M2rj and(Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1991), FHL fiche 6083329 and The Gettysburg gun. FHL fiche 6083328
  • Simpson, Thomas. My four months' experience as a prisoner of war. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1991), FHL fiche 6083338
  • Straight, Charles Tillinghast. Battery B, First R. I. Light Artillery, August 13, 1861-June 12, 1865. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1991), FHL iche 6083327
  • Sumner, George C. Battery D, First Rhode Island Light Artillery, in the Civil War, 1861-1865. (Washington [District of Columbia] : Filmed by the Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1987), FHL film 1550113 and Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1991, FHL fiche 6083332 and Recollections of service in Battery D, First Rhode Island Light Artillery. FHL Fiche 6083333 and John Albert Monroe, a memorial : recollections of him as commander of Battery D. FHL fiche 6083330

Internet Sites

Primary source for material on the soldiers and the battles

References

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 11 January 2011)