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Massachusetts Light Artillery
in the Civil War
|Ninth Battery, Light Artillery. Capts., Achille De Vecchi, John
Bigelow, Richard S. Milton. The 9th battery numbered 11 officers and 320 men, of whom 2
officers and 12 men were killed or died of wounds, and 7 men died by accident or disease.
It entered the U. S. service for a three years' term, its muster being completed Aug. 10,
1862. Its members were mainly from Boston and vicinity. On Sept. 3 it left for Washington
and remained at or near that city until April 17, 1863, when it moved to Centerville, Va.
At the opening of the Gettysburg campaign, with the 1st volunteer brigade, artillery
reserve of the Army of the Potomac, it arrived at Taneytown, Md., on June 30. In the
battle of Gettysburg its loss was very severe on July 2, while protecting the rear of the
artillery on the left of the Union lines. It followed the fortunes of the Army of the
Potomac during the ensuing summer and autumn, including the Mine Run campaign, and went
into winter quarters at Brandy Station. It was in reserve at the battle of the Wilderness
; was present at Spottsylvania and the North Anna river, and took part in the actions at
Totopotomy creek and on the Mechanicsville road. It shared in the operations before
Petersburg ; participated in several engagements ; pursued the Confederates to Nottaway
Court House, and moved to Washington via Petersburg and City Point. It was mustered out at
Galloupe's island, June 6, 1865.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 1