16th Independent Battery Light Artillery (Veteran)
Nickname: Dickinson's Light Artillery
Mustered in: March 27, 1862.
Mustered out; July 6, 1865.
The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion, 16th ed. Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.
November 4, 1861, Capt. Milo W. Locke received authority to recruit this battery. It was organized and recruited at Binghamton, and mustered in the service of the United States for three years at Washington, D. C., March 27, 1862, to date from December 10, 1861. November 29, 1864, twelve men were transferred to the battery from the I42d Infantry. At the expiration of its term of service, the men entitled thereto were discharged and the battery continued in service. It left the State March 10, 1862, and served at and near Washington, and in the Artillery Camp of Instruction, 22d Corps, from March, 1862; at Suffolk, Va., 7th Corps, from April 19, 1863 ; at Yorktown, Va., in 7th Corps, from June, 1863; at Newport News, Va., from November, 1863; in the Artillery Brigade, 18th Corps, from June, 1864; with the 10th Corps in August, 1864; with the 18th Corps in September, 1864; in the Artillery Brigade of the 24th Corps, and with the 2d Division, from December, 1864; in Provisional Corps from March, 1865; in 10th Corps, Army of the Ohio, from April 2, 1865, and July 6, 1865, commanded by Capt. Richard H. Lee, it was honorably discharged and mustered out at Elmira, having, during its service, lost by death, of disease and other causes, 45 enlisted men; of whom 1 died in the hands of the enemy.
The following is taken from The Union army: a history of military affairs in the loyal states, 1861-65 -- records of the regiments in the Union army -- cyclopedia of battles -- memoirs of commanders and soldiers, Volume II: New York, Maryland, West Virginia and Ohio. Madison, WI: Federal Pub. Co., 1908.
Sixteenth Independent Battery.—Capts., Milo W. Locke, Frederick L. Hiller, Richard li. Lee. The 16th, "Dickinson's Light Artillery," was recruited and organized at Binghamton, during the winter of 1861-62, left the state on March 10, 1862, and on the 27th was mustered into the U. S. service at Washington for a term of three years, to date from Dec. 10, 1861. It remained at Washington for a year and saw its first active service with the 7th corps during the siege of Suffolk in the spring of 1863. It was then stationed at Yorktown and Newport News until the summer of 1864, when it joined the army before Petersburg, as part of the 18th corps, participating in the first assault on the works in June. In the action at Chaffin's farm it had 4 men wounded; was again engaged on the Darbytown road in October; then accompanied the 24th corps to North Carolina; was engaged in Jan. and Feb., 1865, at Fort Fisher, Cape Fear, Fort Anderson and Wilmington; was attached to the provisional corps, on March i, 1865, and moved on the campaign of the Carolinas. Its last active service was at Bennett's house, where Gen. Johnston surrendered. It was mustered out at Elmira, July 6, 1865, under command of Capt. Lee, having lost during its term of service 45 enlisted men who died of disease and other causes.