1st New York Light Artillery, Battery C

   

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Muster In: Organized at Elmira, N.Y., and mustered in September 6, 1861.1
Muster Out: June 17, 18652

Commander(s):
Captain Almont Barnes
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Captain David F. Ritchie (from Btty D)
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Lieutenant George E. Ketchum
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Commander 4
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | V Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army3,4

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  • Weapons: ? (March 31, 1864)5

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

  • Commander: Captain Almont Barnes (June 30, 1864)8
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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | V Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army9,10

  • Commander: Captain Almont Barnes (July 31, 1864)11
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | V Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army12,13

  • Commander: Captain Almont Barnes (August 31, 1864)14
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | V Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army15

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

  • Commander: Captain David F. Ritchie (from Btty D)(October 31, 1864)17
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  • Note: This battery does not appear to have accompanied the Fifth Corps in the field during the Battle of Boydton Plank Road on October 27-28, 1864 and presumably remained behind in the fortifications.18

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

  • Commander: Captain David F. Ritchie (from Btty D)(December 31, 1864)20
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Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | V Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army21,22

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant George E. Ketchum (January 31, 1865)23
    • Captain David F. Ritchie (February 28, 1865)24
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Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | V Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army25,26

  • Commander: Captain David F. Ritchie (March 31, 1865)27
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  • Note: Temporarily attached to the Artillery Reserve during the Ninth Offensive but was detached in the field and serving with Ninth Corps.28

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles29:

  • Before Petersburg June 16-18.
  • Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865.
  • Weldon Railroad August 18-21, 1864.
  • Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9.
  • Assault and capture of Petersburg April 2.

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. 225
    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. 547
    5. The Union Ordnance return for March 31, 1864 lists this unit but shows that no return was ever officially submitted.)
    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. 225
    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. 547
    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. 547
    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 257
    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 733
    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 733
    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 616: “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 125: “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 616: “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. 1300.
    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 462: “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 462: “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 157: “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 1119: “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 1119: “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 329: “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 743: “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 2 (Serial Number 96), page 329: “Organization of the Union Forces” (January 31, 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 743: “Organization of the Union Forces” (February 28, 1865)
    25. 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 565: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 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 95), page 581: “Return of casualties in the Union Forces commanded by Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, March 29-April 9, 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 565: “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 565: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 1865)
    29. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)

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    Peter V. Andrews February 15, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Captain Almont Barnes, 1st NY Light Artillery, Battery C, was my great grandfather and I am writing a book about him. If any readers have information on Capt. Barnes and/or his battery that you would like to share, please contact me. Barnes commanded Battery C through the first 3 years of the war. He left the army in August 1864 following the Battle of Weldon Railroad. The battery was reorganized under the command of Lieutenant, later Captain, David F. Ritchie. Over the winter of 1864-1865 the battery received 4 new guns, “light twelves”, replacing the 4 rifled guns, known as ordnance, that they had previously. Capt. Ritchie led Battery C at the Siege of Petersburg, the Assault on Petersburg, and the March to Appomattox.

    Brett Schulte February 15, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Mr. Andrews,

    Thanks for commenting! I hope you don’t mind, but I moved your comment to the main page for the unit you are interested in. I’ll be contacting you privately to see if you might be able to help me fill out the information on this page with information backed by sources you have found. In return, I’d be happy to publicize your book here and at TOCWOC – A Civil War Blog, my other Civil War site.

    Brett

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