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2nd Minnesota Light Battery
in the Civil War
|Second Minnesota Light Battery. — Capt., William A.
Hotchkiss; First Lieuts., Gustave Rosenk, Albert Woodbury, Richard L.
Dawley, Henry W. Harder, Alexander Kinkead, George W. Tilton (real name
Gaylord) ; Second-Lieuts., Jackson Taylor, Richard L. Dawley, Henry W.
Harder, Alexander Kinkead, Charles N. Earl, Lyman W. Ayer. This battery
was organized during the winter of 1861-62, and was mustered in March
21, 1862. It left the state April 21 for Benton barracks, St. Louis, and
on May 21 left to join the army in the investment of Corinth. It was in
several campaigns during the summer and was ordered to Nashville in
August to join Buell's army. It participated in the campaign against
Bragg in Kentucky and Tennessee and was in the battle of Perryville,
where it received great praise for its work. In the battle of Stone's
river it won new laurels, and in an artillery duel near Murfreesboro in
March it silenced the enemy's guns. It participated in the Tullahoma
campaign and was in a charge at Winchester. In the battle of
Chickamauga, "three successive times it prevented the enemy from
forming," was engaged at Missionary ridge, and did very effective work
in the pursuit of the enemy. It was stationed at Rossville, Ga., from
Dec. 26, 1863, to March 21, 1864, one section being engaged at Tunnel
Hill and Buzzard Roost in February. The battery reenlisted in March, was
furloughed in April, and on return in June was mounted as cavalry and
engaged in general duty until October, when it was sent to Fort Irwin,
Chattanooga. On Dec. 1, Capt. Hotchkiss organized a brigade of light
batteries, which participated in the battles of Franklin and Nashville
and then was at Chattanooga until March 30, 1865. The battery garrisoned
a fort at Philadelphia, Tenn., until the last of July and was mustered
out at Fort Snelling Aug. 16, 1865.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 4