New York Light Artillery, 15th Battery

   

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Muster In: Organized October, 1862, from Battery “B,” 2nd Battalion, New York Light Artillery.1
Muster Out: Transferred to 32nd New York Independent Battery Light Artillery February 4, 1865.2

Commander(s):
Captain Patrick Hart
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Lieutenant Andrew R. McMahon
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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: 4 x 12-lb. Napoleons (March 31, 1864)5

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

  • Commander: Lieutenant Andrew R. McMahon (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 Patrick Hart (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 Patrick Hart (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: Lieutenant Andrew R. McMahon (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 Army  (November 1-December ?, 1865)19

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  • Note: When did the 15th New York Light artillery leave the Siege of Petersburg?  It appears to have happened at some point in December 1864.  More research is needed.20

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Note: Was no longer at the Siege of Petersburg.  Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D.C., December, 1864, and in the Dept. of West Virginia until February, 1865.21

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Was no longer at the Siege of Petersburg.22

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles23:

  • Before Petersburg June 16-18.
  • Siege of Petersburg June 16 to December, 1864.
  • Weldon Railroad August 18-21.
  • Poplar Springs Church September 29-October 2.
  • Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D.C., December, 1864, and in the Dept. of West Virginia until February, 1865.
  •  Transferred to 32nd New York Independent Battery Light Artillery February 4, 1865.

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. Volume 3 (Ordnance Returns for the First Quarter, January-March, 1864); 15th Battery New York Light Artillery Entry, Page 131; 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. 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. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      20. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      21. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      22. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
      23. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)

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