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12th Battery Massachusetts Light Artillery
in the Civil War

Regimental History
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

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