Behind the Guns
The History of Battery I, 2nd Regiment, Illinois Light Artillery
Publication Year: 2000
Published by: Southern Illinois University Press
Title Page, Copyright
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List of Maps
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Whether the experiences of the men of Battery I, 2nd Illinois Light Artillery, were similar to the experiences of members of other artillery units is not certain. Much attention has been paid to the foot soldiers of the infantry units and 'to the men who rode to war with the cavalry, but not much attention has been centered on field artillery units. Many more...
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The history of Battery I is only one of many that may and
have been written of hundreds of regiments and batteries that took
an active part in the Great War of the Rebellion.
Each man who served during that eventful period feels that he would like to have his relatives, children and friends know how well...
1. Battery I is Mustered into Service
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In the fall of of 1861 Charles W. Keith, of Joliet, Ills., received a Captain's commission from Governor [Richard] Yates, and was authorized to recruit a battery of light artillery. He opened a recruiting office at Joliet, and appointed men as recruiting officers at other points near Joliet to enlist men for the battery for three years'...
2. Early Campaigns and Garrison Duty
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Pope's army being ordered to reinforce [Major General Henry W.] Halleck's force in front of Corinth, Mississippi,1 a fleet of transports conveyed the troops on the river, up the Tennessee River to Hamburg Landing [Tennessee]. The battery, on board the Antelope, proceeded up the Mississippi River as far as Hickman, Kentucky, where she tied up for the night. The Mississippi River...
3. The Battle of Perryville
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Orders had already been given to the battery to be ready to march at a moment's notice, so when the order came to move, September 6th, all were prepared to pack their traps and get ready to move. The "Pea Ridge Brigade," consisting of the 36th Illinois, 44th Illinois, 2nd Missouri and 15th Missouri Reg'ts, with...
4. The Bloody Battle of Chickamauga
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In which Battery I participates in the advance towards Chattanooga called the Tullahoma Campaign, and as a part of Major General Gordon Granger's Reserve Corps, advances into northern Alabama. From Stevenson the Battery had a hard march to Chattanooga, and then to Rossville, Georgia, where the stage was set for the bloody battle of...
5. The Atlanta Campaign
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ON MARCH 4th, after a two weeks' extension of furlough," the battery "veterans" boarded the cars of the Michigan Central R. R. to pro cede to the front, viz. Indianapolis, Ind., Louisville, Ky., and Nashville, Tenn., to Chattanooga, Tenn., at which place they arrived March 8th, and joined the men left in charge of the guns and...
6. With Sherman to the Sea
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The following is taken from Sherman's Memoirs.1
On the 12th of November the railroad and telegraph communications with the rear were broken, and the army stood detached from all friends, dependent on its own resources and supplies. No time was to be lost; all the detachments were ordered to march rapidly for Atlanta, breaking up the railroad...
7. The End of the War: Aftermath
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None of the three men who compiled this history of Battery I were present with the Battery when it marched out of Savannah into the Carolinas. The Battery participated in the entire campaign, and was in the -vicinity of Raleigh, North Carolina, when Johnston surrendered to Sherman. The chapter which ends their work and which covers the period January 1...
Appendix 1: Life in Rebel Prisons
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Appendix 2: Personnel of Battery I
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Appendix 3: A Song of Battery I
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Publication Year: 2000