3rd New York

Independent Battery, Light Artillery

Descendants Association

(Went Forward On April 2, 1865 With The Infantry Assault To Provide Close Support)

Participants in the Breakthrough Battle at Petersburg on April 2, 1865

Fought on or near the present day grounds of Pamplin Historical Park


Originally organized as Company "D," 2nd Regiment New York State Militia, later known as 82nd Regiment Infantry. Detached from Regiment and known as Battery "B," New York Artillery, until December, 1861. Designated 3rd New York Battery December 7, 1861. Organized at New York City, and left State for Washington, D.C., May 18, 1861. Mustered in at Washington June 17, and shortly after detached and converted into a Light Battery. Attached to Schenck's Brigade, Tyler's Division, McDowell's Army of Northeast Virginia, June to August, 1861. W. F. Smith's Brigade, Division of the Potomac, to October, 1861. Hancock's Brigade, Smith's Division, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862. Smith's 2nd Division, 4th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to May, 1862. Artillery, 2nd Division, 6th Army Corps, to September, 1862. Artillery, 3rd Division, 6th Army Corps, to November, 1862. Artillery, 2nd Division, 6th Army Corps, to January, 1863. Artillery, Light Division, 6th Army Corps, to May, 1863. Artillery, 2nd Division, 6th Army Corps, to June, 1863. Artillery Brigade, 6th Army Corps, to July 10, 1864. Artillery Reserve, Army of the Potomac, to December, 1864. Artillery Brigade, 6th Army Corps, to June, 1865.

SERVICE.--Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., until July, 1861. Advance on Manassas, Va., July 16-21. Battle of Bull Run July 21. Duty in the Defenses of Washington until March, 1862. Reconnaissance's to Lewinsville September 11 and September 25, 1861. Ordered to Fortress Monroe, Va., March 23, 1862. Siege of Yorktown April 5-May 4. Lee's Mills April 16. Battle of Williamsburg May 5. Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1. Garnett's and Golding's Farms June 27-28. Savage Station June 29. White Oak Swamp and Glendale June 30. Malvern Hill July 1. At Harrison's Landing until August 16. Moved to Fortress Monroe, thence to Alexandria August 16-24. Maryland Campaign September 6-22. Crampton's Pass, South Mountain, September 14. Lee's Mills September 16. Antietam September 16-17. At Hagerstown, Md., until October 29. Movement to Falmouth, Va., October 29-November 19. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15. "Mud March" January 20-24, 1863. At Falmouth until April, 1863. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Operations at Franklin's Crossing April 29-May 2. Maryes Heights, Fredericksburg, May 8. Salem Heights May 3-4. Deep Run Crossing June 5-13. Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 2-4. Fairfield, Pa., July 5. Funkstown, Md., July 10-13. On line of the Rappahannock and Rapidan until October. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Rappahannock Station November 7. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Campaign from the Rapidan to the James May 3-June 15, 1864. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Spottsylvania May 8-12; Spottsylvania Court House May 12-21. Assault on the Salient, "Bloody Angle," May 12. North Anna River May 23-26. On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12. Before Petersburg June 18-19. Siege of Petersburg June 18, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Jerusalem Plank Road, Weldon Railroad, June 22-23, 1864. Fort Fisher, Petersburg, March 25, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Assault and capture of Petersburg April 2. Sailor's Creek April 6. High Bridge May 7. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. Moved to Danville April 23-27. Duty there until May 18. Moved to Richmond, thence to Washington, D.C., May 18-June 2. Corps Review June 8. Mustered out June 24, 1865.

Battery lost during service 14 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 4 Enlisted men by disease. Total 18.

Source - A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer



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