Wisconsin Light Artillery, 4th Battery

   

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Muster In: Organized and mustered in at Racine, Wis., October 1, 1861.1
Muster Out: Mustered out July 3, 1865.2

Commander(s):
Captain George B. Easterly
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Lieutenant Martin McDevitt
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Lieutenant Dorman L. Noggle
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Commander 4
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery Brigade | XVIII Corps | Army of the James | 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 | XVIII Corps | Army of the James | Union Army6,7

  • Commander: Lieutenant Martin McDevitt (June 30, 1864)8
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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery | Cavalry Division | Army of the James | Union Army9,10

  • Commander: Captain George B. Easterly (July 31, 1864)11
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery | Cavalry Division | Army of the James | Union Army12

  • Commander: Captain George B. Easterly (August 31, 1864)13
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | Cavalry Division | Army of the James | Union Army14,15,16,17

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  • Note: Only one section of this battery appears to have accompanied Kautz’s Cavalry Division during the October 13, 1864 Battle of Darbytown Road.18

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery | Cavalry Division | Army of the James | Union Army19,20

  • Commander: Lieutenant Dorman L. Noggle (October 31, 1864)21
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery | Cavalry Division | Army of the James | Union Army22

  • Commander: Captain Dorman L. Noggle (December 31, 1864)23
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Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery | Cavalry Division | Army of the James | Union Army24,25

  • Commander: Captain Dorman L. Noggle (January 31 & February 28, 1865)26,27
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Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: Artillery | Cavalry Division | Army of the James | Union Army28,29

  • Commander: Captain Dorman L. Noggle (March 31, 1865)30
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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles31:

  • Before Petersburg June 16-18.
  • Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond June 16, 1864, to April 3, 1865.
  • At Bermuda Hundred, Va., until July 5, 1864, and at Jones’ Landing until August 10.
  • Moved to Light House Point August 10, thence to Prince George Court House and to Petersburg August 26.
  • Duty in trenches until September 27. Chaffin’s Farm, New Market Heights, September 28-30.
  • Darbytown Road October 7 and 13.
  • Battle of Fair Oaks October 27-28.
  • Siege operations against Richmond until April, 1865.
  • Before Richmond March 30-April 2.
  • Occupation of Richmond April 3 and duty there until July.

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. 237
      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. 554: In this list of regimental and battery commanders, the 4th Wisconsin is listed as a part of the Artillery Brigade, Second Division, X Corps, AotJ.  When exactly did it move?  More research is needed.
      5. Volume 3 (Ordnance Returns for the First Quarter, January-March, 1864); 4th Wisconsin Light Artillery Entry, Page 171; 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. 237
      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. 554: In this list of regimental and battery commanders, the 4th Wisconsin is listed as a part of the Artillery Brigade, Second Division, X Corps, AotJ.  When exactly did it move?  More research is needed.
      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. 554
      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 268
      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 741
      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 741
      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 622: “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 2 (Serial Number 88), page 622: “Organization of the Army of the Potomac…August 31, 1864”
      14. 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. 1302.
      15. 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 137: “Return of Casualties in the Union Forces (September-October 1864)”
      16. 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 146: “Return of Casualties in the Union Forces (September-October 1864)”
      17. 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 148: “Return of Casualties in the Union Forces (September-October 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 148: “Return of Casualties in the Union Forces (September-October 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 468: “Organization of the Union Forces” (October 31, 1864)”
      20. 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 152: “Return of Casualties in the Union Forces…Fair Oaks and Darbytown Road, Va., October 27-28, 1864”
      21. 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 468: “Organization of the Union Forces” (October 31, 1864)”
      22. 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 1127: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
      23. 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 1127: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
      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 338: “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 751: “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 2 (Serial Number 96), page 338: “Organization of the Union Forces” (January 31, 1865)
      27. 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 751: “Organization of the Union Forces” (February 28, 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 580: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 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 597: “Return of casualties in the Union Forces commanded by Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, March 29-April 9, 1865”
      30. 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 580: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 1865)
      31. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)

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