Michigan Light Artillery Regiment

Registered Site S0723

Michigan Light Artillery Regiment

During the Civil War more than three thousand men served in Michigan's twelve artillery batteries. The regiment saw action in both major theaters. Unlike infantry regiments, six-gun artillery batteries served as detached units. Light artillery was mobile. Six-horse limbers pulled an ammunition caisson and a gun that delivered devastating fire using solid shot, explosive shell, case or canister. Michigan's first unit, the Coldwater Light Artillery Battery, mustered in on May 28, 1861; its last battery formed up in 1864. In late August 1862, and the six-gun battery F and a two-gun section of battery G, under Lieutenants Lanphere, Hale, Paddock and Brown fought against superior numbers in their first battle here at Richmond.
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Batteries F and G

Batteries F and G of Michigan's First Light Artillery went into action here on August 29, 1862. They were the only Union artillery on the field of battle. Despite inadequate training and ammunition, they provided accurate fire that helped drive back the confederates "with admirable effect." Early on August 30 the batteries defended the initial Union battle line. During successive Union withdrawals, the guns served as rallying points or as the rear guard. Seven of the eight were brought off the field in the last Federal withdrawal. In the final chaotic retreat, lacking infantry support and ammunition, the seven fell into enemy hands. Reported losses were 7 killed, 12 wounded and 65 captured. The two batteries later fought during the Vicksburg and Atlanta campaigns and at the battle of Nashville.

Photo courtesy Bill Robinson and the Richmond Register. Take I-75 Exit 83.
Erected 2012

Location: 830 Battlefield Memorial Highway
Richmond, Ky, Kentucky

Civil War

Latitude: 37.672696597, Longitude: -84.25327062

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