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[7] some cases there were regimental organizations comprising 12 batteries, but most of the troops in this arm of the service were independent commands; even where there was a regimental organization, each battery acted separately and independently of the others. In the volunteer service the leading batteries, in point of loss in battle, were as follows:

Killed and died of wounds. Light Artillery.

Synonym.     Battery. Corps. Officers. Men. Total.
Cooper's” - “B” 1st Penn. Artillery First 2 19 21
Sands'” -   11th Ohio Battery Seventeenth -- 20 20
Phillips'” -   5th Mass. Battery Fifth 1 18 19
Weeden's” - “C” 1st R. I. Artillery Fifth -- 19 19
Cowan's” -   1st N. Y. Battery Sixth 2 16 18
Stevens'” -   5th Maine Battery First 2 16 18
Ricketts'” - “F” 1st Penn. Artillery First 1 17 18
Easton's” - “A” 1st Penn. Artillery First 1 16 17
Kern's” - “G” 1st Penn. Artillery First 1 16 17
Randolph's” - “E” 1st R. I. Artillery Third -- 17 17
Pettit's” - “B” 1st N. Y. Artillery Second -- 16 16
Bigelow's” -   9th Mass. Battery Reserve Art'y 2 13 15
Bradbury's” -   1st Maine Battery Nineteenth 2 13 15
Wood's” - “A” 1st Ill. Artillery Fifteenth -- 15 15

The loss in the Eleventh Ohio Battery occurred almost entirely in one action, 19 of its men having been killed or mortally wounded at Iuka in a charge on the battery. In the other batteries, however, the losses represent a long series of battles in which they rendered effective service, and participated with honor to themselves and the arm of the service to which they belonged.

Among the light batteries of the Regular Army, equally heavy losses occurred in the following famous commands:

“B” - 4th U. S. Artillery - Gibbon's” or Stewart's.”    
“K” - 4th U. S. Artillery - “Derussey's” or Seeley's.”    
“I” - 1st U. S. Artillery - Ricketts'” or Kirby's” or Woodruff's.”
“D” - 5th U. S. Artillery - Griffin's” or Hazlitt's.”    
“C” - 5th U. S. Artillery - Seymour's” or Ransom's” or Weir's.”
“H” - 5th U. S. Artillery - Gunther's” or Burnham's.”    
“A & C” 4th U. S. Artillery - Hazzard's” or Cushing's” or “Thomas'.”

The foregoing pages show accurately the limit of loss in the various regimental organizations in the civil war. The figures will probably fall below the prevalent idea as to the number killed in certain regiments; but these figures are the only ones that the musterout rolls will warrant, and no others can be accepted. True, there are many errors in the rolls; but they have been thoroughly revised and corrected.

There have been too many careless, extravagant statements made regarding losses in action. Officers have claimed losses for their regiments, which are sadly at variance with the records which they certified as correct at the close of the war-muster-out rolls which they made out themselves, and on which they accounted for each man in their command. If any veteran is surprised at the figures given here and feels disposed to question their accuracy, let him first carefully examine the muster-out rolls of his regiment. It will not be necessary to

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