Massachusetts Light Artillery, 10th Battery

   

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Muster In: September 9, 18621
Muster Out: June 9, 18652

Commander(s):
Bvt. Major J. Henry Sleeper
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Captain J. Webb Adams
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Lieutenant Henry H. Granger
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army3,4

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  • Weapons: 6 x 3-inch Ordnance Rifles (March 31, 1864)5

Second Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army6,7

  • Commander: Captain J. Henry Sleeper (June 30, 1864)8
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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army9,10

  • Commander: Captain J. Henry Sleeper (July 31, 1864)11
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army12,13

  • Commander: Lieutenant Henry H. Granger (August 31, 1864)14
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army15

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Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army16

  • Commander: Captain J. Henry Sleeper (October 31, 1864)17
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  • Note: The 10th Battery Massachusetts Light Artillery accompanied the Third Division, Second Corps, Army of the Potomac during the Battle of Boydton Plank Road on October 27-28, 1864.18

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army19

  • Commander: Brevet Major J. Henry Sleeper (December 31, 1864)20
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Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army21,22,23

  • Commander:
    • Brevet Major J. Henry Sleeper (January 31, 1865)24
    • Lieutenant J. Webb Adams (February 28, 1865)25
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  • Note: This unit is listed in the casualty returns for the Battle of Hatcher’s Run, February 5-7, 1865, implying it was present during the Eighth Offensive and the battle. One section of Battery B, 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery was attached during the battle.26

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army27,28

  • Commander: Captain J. Webb Adams (March 31, 1865)29
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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles30:

  • Before Petersburg June 16-18.
  • Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865.
  • Jerusalem Plank Road June 22-23, 1864.
  • Demonstration north of James River July 27-29.
  • Deep Bottom July 27-28.
  • Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom, August 14-18.
  • Ream’s Station August 25.
  • In trenches before Petersburg in Battery 14 September 24 to October 24.
  • Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher’s Run, October 27-28.
  • In Forts Stevenson, Blaisdell and Welch until November 29.
  • Movement to Hatcher’s Run December 9-10.
  • In Forts Emery and Siebert until February 5, 1865.
  • Dabney’s Mills, Hatcher’s Run, February 5-7.
  • Watkins’ House March 25.
  • Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9.
  • Moved to Dabney’s Mills March 30.
  • Fall of Petersburg April 2.
  • Pursuit of Lee April 8-9.
  • Sailor’s Creek April 6.
  • Cover crossing of 2nd Corps at High Bridge, Farmville, April 7.
  • Appomattox C. H. April 9.
  • Surrender of Lee and his army.

Bibliography:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

    Sources:

    1. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    2. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    3. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), p. 222
    4. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 545
    5. Volume 3 (Ordnance Returns for the First Quarter, January-March, 1864); 10th Battery Massachusetts Light Artillery Entry, Page 111; Summary Statements of Quarterly Returns of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores on Hand in Regular and Volunteer Army Organizations, 1862-1867, 1870-1876. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1281, Roll 1); Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, 1797-1969, Record Group 156; National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.: Not many returns exist for June 30, 1864, and none exist past that, so I’ve made the decision to include the March 31, 1864 ordnance return data in the absence of better information.  I’ll add more immediate reports of tube numbers and types as they are found.
    6. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), p. 222
    7. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 545
    8. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 545
    9. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), page 254
    10. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 3 (Serial Number 82), page 731
    11. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 3 (Serial Number 82), page 731
    12. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 2 (Serial Number 88), page 614: “Organization of the Army of the Potomac…August 31, 1864”
    13. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 1 (Serial Number 87), page 130: “Return of Casualties in the Union Forces (August 1864)”
    14. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 2 (Serial Number 88), page 614: “Organization of the Army of the Potomac…August 31, 1864”
    15. Sommers, Richard J. “Grant’s Fifth Offensive at Petersburg: A Study in Strategy, Tactics, and Generalship.  The Battle of Poplar Spring Church, the First Battle of the Darbytown Road, the Second Battle of the Squirrel Level Road, the Second Battle of the Darbytown Road (Ulysses S. Grant, Virginia).” Doctoral Thesis. Rice University, 1970. Print. p. 1299.
    16. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 460: “Organization of the Union Forces” (October 31, 1864)”
    17. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 460: “Organization of the Union Forces” (October 31, 1864)”
    18. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 1 (Serial Number 87), page 155: “Return of Casualties in the Union Forces…Boydton Plank Road, Va., October 27-28, 1864”
    19. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 1117: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
    20. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 1117: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
    21. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 327: “Organization of the Union Forces” (January 31, 1865)
    22. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 741: “Organization of the Union Forces” (February 28, 1865)
    23. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 96), page 65: “Return of Casualties in the Union forces at Hatcher’s Run (otherwise known as Dabney’s Mill, Armstrong’s Mill, Rowanty Creek, and Vaughan Road)… (February 5-7, 1865)”
    24. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 327: “Organization of the Union Forces” (January 31, 1865)
    25. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 741: “Organization of the Union Forces” (February 28, 1865)
    26. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 96), page 65: “Return of Casualties in the Union forces at Hatcher’s Run (otherwise known as Dabney’s Mill, Armstrong’s Mill, Rowanty Creek, and Vaughan Road)… (February 5-7, 1865)”
    27. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), page 568: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 1865)
    28. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), page 584: “Return of casualties in the Union Forces commanded by Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, March 29-April 9, 1865”
    29. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), page 568: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 1865)
    30. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)

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