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Massachusetts Light Artillery
in the Civil War
|Twelfth Battery, Light Artillery. Capt., Jacob Miller. The 12th
numbered 7 officers and 261 men, and lost during service 24 men by accident and disease.
It was recruited late in the year 1862 at Camp Meigs, Readville, and was mustered in by
detachments, the last on Dec. 26. It embarked at Boston Jan. 3, 1863, for New Orleans, and
arrived there early in February. For about a month it was quartered at the Apollo stables,
then moved to Baton Rouge, La., where it served during the month of March, and in April
was mounted and equipped as cavalry for a short time. On April 17, the battery was ordered
to Brashear City, where it was engaged in the defense of transports until May 23, when it
returned to New Orleans and remained on duty at various stations throughout the remainder
of the summer of 1863. A detachment which had been on duty at Port Hudson during the siege
joined the main body at New Orleans in July. It was then stationed at Port Hudson from
Oct. 15 until the end of its term of service, the long period being marked by no events of
importance and the time chiefly occupied in foraging and reconnoitering expeditions by
detachments, the most important of which occurred on May 6, 1864, when the battery, with a
regiment of infantry (balance of history missing)
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 1