Unit History – Battery E, 3rd U. S. Artillery

15 03 2022

At Washington, D. C, May, 1861. Attached to Sherman’s Brigade, Tyler’s Division, McDowell’s Army, Northeast Virginia, to August, 1861. Sherman’s Brigade, Division of the Potomac, to October, 1861. Porter’s Division, Army of the Potomac, to October, 1861. W. T. Sherman’s South Carolina Expeditionary Corps to April, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Dept. of the South, to July, 1862. District of Hilton Head, S. C, Dept. of the South, to September, 1862. United States Forces, Hilton Head, S. C, 10th Army Corps, Dept. of the South, to June, 1863. United States Forces, Folly Island, S. C, 10th Army Corps, to July, 1863. United States Forces, Morris Island, S. C, 10th Army Corps, to January, 1864. Artillery, Folly Island, S. C, Northern District, 10th Army Corps, to February, 1864. Artillery, Ames’ Division, District of Florida, Dept. of the South, to April, 1864. Artillery, 3rd Division, 10th Army Corps, Army of the James, to May, 1864. Artillery, 1st Division, 10th Army Corps, to June, 1864. Artillery, 2nd Division, 10th Army Corps, to August, 1864. Artillery Brigade, 10th Army Corps, to December, 1864. Artillery Brigade, 25th Army Corps, to January, 1865. Artillery, 3rd Division, Terry’s Provisional Corps, Dept. of North Carolina, to March, 1865. Artillery, 3rd Division, 10th Army Corps, Dept. of North Carolina.

SERVICE. – Occupation of Arlington Heights, Va., May 24, 1861. Advance on Manassas, Va., July 16-21. Blackburn’s Ford July 18. Battle of Bull Run July 21. Expedition to Port Royal, S. O, October 21-November 7. Bombardment and capture of Forts Walker and Beauregard, Port Royal Harbor, November 7. Duty at Hilton Head, S. C, till February, 1862. Expedition to Florida February 25-March 5. At Hilton Head, S. C, till May. Operations on James Island, S. C, June 1-28. Action on James Island June 10. Battle of Secessionville June 16. At Hilton Head, S. C, till October. Expedition to Pocotaligo, S. C, October 21-23. Action at Pocotaligo October 22. At Hilton Head, S. C, till June, 1863. Moved to Folly Island, S. C. Attack on Morris Island, S. C, July 10. Operations on Morris Island against Forts Wagner and Gregg and against Fort Sumpter and Charleston July 10-September 7. Assault on Fort Wagner July 18. Capture of Forts Wagner and Gregg September 7. Operations on Morris and Folly Islands against Charleston till January, 1864. Expedition to Florida February 5-7. Expedition from Jacksonville to Lake City, Fla., February 8-22. Battle of Olustee February 20. Duty at Jacksonville till April. Moved to Gloucester Point, Va. Butler’s operations on south side of the James River and against Petersburg and Richmond May 5-28. Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond June 16 to December 7. Battle of Chaffin’s Farm, New Market Heights, September 28-30. Darbytown Road October 7. Expedition to Fort Fisher, N. C, December 7-27. Second Expedition to Fort Fisher, N. C, January 3-15, 1865. Assault and capture of Fort Fisher January 15. Near Sugar Loaf Battery February 11. Occupation of Wilmington February 22. Northeast Ferry February 22. Campaign of the Carolinas March 1-April 26. Advance on Goldsboro March 6-21. Advance on Raleigh April 10-13. . Bennett’s House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. Duty in Dept. of North Carolina till —-

From Frederick Dyer, A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, p. 1701

Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, Carnegie, PA

15 03 2022

This past Saturday, March 12, I gave a presentation on the 69th New York State Militia at First Bull Run to the good folks at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall in Carnegie, PA. We had a bit of a blizzard the night before, and it was touch and go whether or not the library was even going to be open. But program honcho Jon-Erik Gilot made the decision to go forward and I was all for it – I find speaking into a camera with no one around difficult. I need to see faces. Due to the accumulation of snow and the fact that it was the morning of one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the nation in nearby Pittsburgh, turnout was relatively light. Between live and Zoom/Facebook Live I think we had about thirty people watching.

For a first-time presentation it went pretty well, although I once again ran way, way too long. There were a good number of questions, and all-in-all I was pleased. I have some work to do before I give this presentation again, this time for Civil War Talk (Zoom or Facebook Live only), on March 16. Needless to say, there will be changes. So, don’t beat me up too much.

Here is Saturday’s program on YouTube.