Battery B, 1st Artillery Regiment (Light)
Mustered in: August 31, 1861
Mustered out: June 18, 1865
THE FOLLOWING IS TAKEN FROM NEW YORK IN THE WAR OF THE REBELLION, 1ST ED. FREDERICK PHISTERER. ALBANY: J. B. LYON COMPANY, 1912.
Battery B, recruited by Capt. Rufus D. Pettit, principally at Elmira and Baldwinsville, was mustered in the United States service August 30, 1861, at Elmira. It received, November 12, 1861, by transfer, a number of the men of Capt. Richard Busteed's, Jr., Chicago Light Battery C, and September 7, 1863, a number of the men of the 14th Battery. It served at and near Washington, D. C. from November, 1861; in the 1st Division, 2d Corps, Army of the Potomac, from March, 1862; in the Artillery Brigade, 2d Corps, from May, 1863; in the Reserve Artillery, Army of the Potomac, from May 12, 1863; in the Artillery Brigade, 2d Corps, from July 1, 1863; in the Reserve Artillery, 2d Volunteer Brigade, Army of the Potomac, from July, 1863; in the First Brigade, Artillery Reserve, Army of the Potomac, from December, 1863; in the Artillery Reserve, Army of the Potomac, December, 1863; in the 1st Brigade, Artillery Reserve, Army of the Potomac, from January, 1864; in the 2d Brigade, Reserve Artillery, Army of the Potomac, from March, 1864, and in the Artillery Brigade, 5th Corps, from May 16, 1864. It was mustered out and honorably discharged under Capt. Robert E. Rogers, June 18, 1865, at Elmira.
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.
Battery B, Capt. Rufus D. Pettit, was recruited at Elmira and Baldwinsville and was mustered into the U. S. service Aug. 30, 1861. In November it received by transfer a number of men belonging to Capt. Busteed's Chicago light battery (C) and in Sept., 1863, a number of men from the 14th N. Y. battery. Most of its service was with the 2nd corps, the reserve artillery and the artillery brigade, 5th corps. Army of the Potomac. It participated in the siege of Yorktown. the battles of Fair Oaks, Seven Days', Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Mine Run campaign, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, North Anna, Totopotomy, Bethesda Church, Petersburg, Weldon railroad, Poplar Grove Church, Hatcher's run, Hicksford raid, White Oak ridge, Five Forks, fall of Petersburg and Appomattox Court House. It was mustered out and discharged at Elmira, June i8, 1865, under Capt. Robert E. Rogers. It lost during service 16 killed and died of wounds; 10 died of disease and other causes; total deaths, 26. It has the distinction of ranking nth among all the light artillery batteries in the service, in point of loss in battle. Its loss at Gettysburg was particularly heavy, amounting to 10 killed, and 16 wounded. Capt. Hazard, commanding the artillery brigade, 2nd corps, speaking of the third day's fighting at Gettysburg, says in his report: "Battery B, 1st New York artillery, was entirely exhausted; its ammunition expended; its horses and men killed and disabled; its commanding officer, Capt. J. M. Rorty, killed, and senior 1st Lieut. A. S. Sheldon severely wounded. In the death of Capt. Rorty the brigade has lost a worthy officer, a gallant soldier, and an estimable man. He had enjoyed his new position but one day, having assumed command of Battery B, on July 2, as it was about to engage the enemy."