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Massachusetts Light Artillery
in the Civil War
|Tenth Battery, Light Artillery. Capts., Jacob Henry Sleeper, J.
Webb Adams. The 10th battery numbered 9 officers and 257 men, of whom 2 officers and 8 men
were killed or died of wounds, 11 men died from accident or disease, and 3 in prison. It
was recruited at Boston and was mustered into the U. S. service for three years, Sept. 9,
1862, at Boxford. It left Boston Oct. 14 for Washington, and remained near the city until
the end of the year. On Dec. 27, it moved to Poolesville, Md., and was stationed there
until June 24, 1863, when it joined the force under Gen. French at Harper's Ferry. This
force was attached to the 3d corps, Army of the Potomac, in July and was engaged at
Auburn, Kelly's ford, and in the Mine Run campaign. The winter camp was at Brandy Station
and in the spring of 1864 the battery was assigned to the 2nd corps. It took part in the
engagements at the Po river, Cold Harbor, the siege of Petersburg and Deep Bottom. At
Reams' station its losses were severe and 4 of its guns were captured after a desperate
defense. On Oct. 27, at Hatcher's run, Lieuts. Granger and Smith were fatally wounded, and
at the same place, in Feb., 1865, it was twice in action and was highly complimented for
its heroic resistance. After the surrender of Lee's army it moved to Washington and
remained there for a fortnight, when it was ordered home. It was mustered out at
Galloupe's island, June 9, 1865.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 1