19th Independent Battery Light Artillery

Mustered in: October 27, 1862. 
Mustered out: June 13, 1865.

The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion, 19th ed. Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.

This battery was recruited at Lockport, Alabama, Wilson and Porter; organized and mustered in the service of the United States for three years, October 27, 1862, at Elmira. It left the State, commanded by Capt. W. H. Stahl, October 29, 1862, and served at and near Washington, D. C, and in the Artillery Camp of Instruction and 22d Corps, from November, 1862; at Suffolk, Va., 7th Corps, from April 19, 1863; in the defenses of Washington, 22d Corps, from June, 1863; with the 2d Division, 9th Corps, from March, 1864; in the Artillery Brigade, 9th Corps, from July, 1864; with the 1st Division, 9th Corps, in August, 1864. The battery was honorably discharged and mustered out, under the command of Capt. Edward W. Rogers, June 13, 1865, at Elmira, having during its service, lost by death, killed in action, 9 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 5 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 1 officer, 17 enlisted men; total, 1 officer, 31 enlisted men; aggregate, 32.

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.

Nineteenth Independent Battery.—Capts., William H. Stahl, Edward W. Rogers. This battery was recruited in the county of Niagara and was mustered into the U. S. service for three years, on Oct. 27, 1862, at Elmira. It left the state two days later; was stationed at Washington through the succeeding winter; was engaged with the 7th corps in the siege of Suffolk in the spring of 1863, and then retired into the defenses of Washington. In March, 1864, it was ordered to the front, and as part of the 9th corps, participated in the Wilderness campaign. It was active at the battle of the Wilderness; was heavily engaged at Spottsylvania, where it sustained a loss of 16 killed and wounded; in the succeeding battles at the North Anna, Totopotomy, Cold Harbor and the assault on the works of Petersburg, it did its full share of hard fighting and acquitted itself honorably, losing 6 more men in killed and wounded. It took place in the action of the crater, having 3 men wounded, and was subsequently engaged at the Weldon railroad. Poplar Grove Church and Hatcher's run. At Fort Stedman in March, 1865, it lost 1 killed and 2 officers and 12 men missing, and was in the final assault on Petersburg on April 2. It was mustered out under Capt. Rogers, June 13, 1865, at Elmira, Capt. Stahl having died of disease in Washington, Sept. 15, 1863. The battery lost during its term of service 9 men killed in action; 5 men mortally wounded, and 1 officer and 17 men who died of disease, a total of 32.


19th Independent Battery, NY Volunteers | Guidon | Civil War

The NYS Battle Flag Collection includes one flag carried by the 19th Independent Battery, a silk, swallowtail guidon in the “stars and stripes”…

NYSMM Online Resources

Battles and Casualties from Phisterer (pdf)
Battles and Casualties from Phisterer (spreadsheet)

Muster Roll

Unit Roster

Civil War Newspaper Clippings

Other Resources

Further Reading
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Kieffer, Jesse Edmund, Jeanne Kieffer and Craig Kieffer. The Civil War letters and diary of Jesse Kieffer, of Lockport, New York. Bethesda, MD: Gateway Press, 2000.


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