1st Battalion, New York Light Artillery
This regiment was organized at Elmira, Chemung, New York to serve three years; it mustered in October 17, 1861. Eight companies, commanded by Col. Guilford D. Bailey, left the State October 31, 1861, Companies I, K, L and M November 21, 1861. At the expiration of its term of service, those entitled thereto were discharged, and the regiment continued in service. Its service was as light artillery and by batteries in the Armies of the Potomac, Virginia, the Cumberland and Georgia. The field and staff were honorably discharged and mustered out under Col. Charles S. Wainwright at Elmira, June 21, 1865. The New York State Military Museum website has a unit history project page for the 1st Battalion, New York Light Artillery.
The Civil War in the East website gives a timeline for the involvement of 1st Battalion, New York Light Artillery in the war.
"Compendium of the War of the Rebellion" by Frederick H. Dyer contains no history for this unit.
Batteries in this Battalion with the Counties of Origin
Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, 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 company recruited in his county first.
Battery A — Empire Battery — Capt. Thomas H. Bates, under authority from the War Department, dated July 31, 1861, recruited it principally at Utica, Edmeston, Little Falls, Phoenix, Clinton, Burlington, South Brookfield, New Berlin, Jordan, Sauquoit, Bridgewater and Sherburne.
Battery B, recruited by Capt. Rufus D. Pettit, principally at Elmira and Baldwinsville, was mustered in the United States service August 30, 1861, at Elmira.
Battery C, Capt. John W. Tamblin, was recruited principally at Watertown, LeRay, Wilna, Philadelphia, Alexandria, Rutland and Champion; and mustered in the service of the United States at Elmira, September 6, 1861.
Battery D, Capt. Thomas W. Osborne, was recruited principally at Watertown, Gouv-erneur, Russell, Antwerp, Cape Vincent, Diana, Stone Mills, Pitcairn and Richville; and mustered in the United States service September 6, 1861, at Elmira.
Battery E, Capt. John Stocum, principally recruited at Bath, Avon and Mitchellsville, was mustered in the United States service September 13, 1861, at Elmira.
Battery F, Capt. W. R. Wilson, was principally recruited at Oswego, Southport and Elmira, and mustered in the United States service September 14, 1861, at Elmira.
Battery G, Capt. John D. Frank, principally recruited at Mexico, was mustered in the service of the United States September 24, 1861, at Elmira.
Battery H, Capt. Joseph Spratt, recruited principally at Watertown and Lowville, and mustered in the United States service October 10, 1861, at Elmira.
Battery I, recruited by Capt. Michael Wiedrich, under authority from the War Department, dated July 30, 1861, principally at Buffalo, Lancaster, Amherst and Elmira, was mustered in the service of the United States at Buffalo, October 1, 1861.
Battery K — Fort Plain Battery — Capt. Lorenzo Crounse, recruited principally at Fort Plain, Stockbridge, Jasper, Elmira and Canandaigua, was mustered in the United States service November 20, 1861, at Albany.
Battery L — Rochester Union Greys — Capt. John A. Reynolds, recruited principally at Rochester, Palmyra and Elmira, was mustered in the United States service at Elrnira, November 17, 1861.
Battery M, Capt. Geo. W. Cothran, recruited principally at Rochester, Albany and Lockport, was mustered in the service of the United States at Rochester, October 14, 1861.
Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System has the information listed above and may have additional historical information. Searches can be made by name of a soldier or sailor. Information about cemeteries battles, prisoners, medals of honor and national parks is also included.
2. The Union Army : a History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States, 1861-65, Records of the Regiments in the Union Army, Cyclopedia of Battles, Memoirs of Commanders and Soldiers, Reprint of original published: Madison, WI.: Federal Pub. Co., 1908. Other libraries with this book,FHL Books 973 M2ua, vols. 1-9
3. Frederick Henry Dyer, A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, (Des Moines, Iowa: Dyer Publishing Co., 1908), as cited at Civil War Soldiers; Sailors System (database on-line) at http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/
4. New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs. "Unit History Project : New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center at http://dmna.state.ny.us/historic/reghist/civil/civil_index.htm citing Frederick Phisterer, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed. (Albany, N.Y.: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912).
5. Hawks, Steve.The Civil War in the East. Database. http://www.civilwarintheeast.com/USA/NY/NY.php
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).