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Massachusetts Light Artillery
in the Civil War
|Eighth Battery, Light Artillery. Capt., Asa M. Cook. The 8th
battery (militia) numbered 6 officers and 148 men, of whom 6 met death from accident or
disease, and 1 in action. It was recruited at Boston and was mustered in from May 26 to
June 25, 1862, for six months. It left Boston on June 25 for Washington, where it was
assigned to Cook's brigade, Sturgis's reserve corps, and went into camp near Fairfax
seminary, until Aug. 11, when it was attached to the 1st division, 9th corps, which it
joined at Falmouth. It was with the Army of Virginia, under Gen. Pope ; guarded Barnett's
ford ; a detachment was engaged at Sulphur Springs; it participated in the battles of the
second Bull Run and Chantilly; was active at South mountain and Antietam, and was highly
praised for its valor by Gen. Willcox. It was then ordered to Washington, where it again
joined the Army of the Potomac and remained in service until Nov. 29, when it was mustered
out at Washington.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 1