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First battery Massachusetts Light Artillery.

(1) Maj. Asa M. Cook (3 months).

(2) Capt. Josiah Porter.

(3) Capt. Wm. H. Mccartney.

Number on rolls,—
3 months,9107116
3 years,8261269
Enlisted men (included above) commissioned in battery,—
3 years,33
Enlisted men (included above) serving elsewhere within battery,—
3 years,11
Actual total of members of battery,—
3 months,9107116
3 years,8257265
Killed and died of wounds,71
Died by accident or disease,122
Died in Confederate prison,1
Total losses,20
Casualties by Engagements.
June 30, Glendale, Va.,3
May 3, Chancellorsville, Va.,1
June 5, Cold Harbor, Va.,1
Oct. 19, Cedar Creek, Va.,2

Active also at Gaines' Mill, Va., June 27, 1862; Malvern Hill, Va.; Fredericksburg, Va., 2 wounded; Franklin's Crossing, June 5, 1863; Gettysburg, Pa.; Mine Run, Va.; Spotsylvania (Laurel Hill), Va., 2 wounded; Opequon, Va., 4 wounded; Fisher's Hill, Va., 1 wounded.

The First Battery Massachusetts Light Artillery was recruited in Boston during August of 1861, largely from the old Boston Light Artillery, or Cook's Battery, Maj. Asa M. Cook, which was mustered into the U. S. service May 18, 1861, and was the only Massachusetts battery serving under the first call for troops. The First Battery left the State Oct 3, 1861, spent the winter of 1861-62 in camp about Washington, was present at the siege of Yorktown, Va., and at West Point. It entered the Peninsular campaign as part of the 1st Division, 6th Corps, and took part in the battles of Mechanicsville and Gaines' Mill, Va.; it was active also at Glendale and Malvern Hill, Va.; engaged in the march to Fredericksburg, Va., in November and in the battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862. The battery was in camp at White Oak Church, Va., during the winter of 1863; engaged in the battle of Chancellorsville, Va., May 3, 1863, Gettysburg, Pa., July 3, 1863, and Mine Run, Nov. 30, 1863; in winter quarters at Brandy Station during the winter of 1863-64; many of the men enlisted here for an additional term of service. The battery was engaged on the Po River on May 9, 10 and 11, 1864, and in operations in the Shenandoah Valley, also the battles of Spotsylvania Court House and Cold Harbor, Va. Having lost 40 men sent home during August, the battery was active in the battles of Opequon and Fisher's Hill, Va.; after this engagement the veterans not reenlisted left the battery, while the remaining men participated in the engagement of Cedar Creek, and, after a short interval, 85 of these were transferred to the 9th Mass. Battery, there completing their term of service. The battery lost in all 55 horses in action. It was mustered out Oct. 19, 1864.

1 One missing in action.

2 Including 1 in 3 months service.

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