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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 1, Condensed history of regiments., Fourth battery Massachusetts Light Artillery. (search)
Active also at Fort Blakely, Ala., April 2-9, 1865. The 4th Battery Light Artillery was composed chiefly of men from Essex and Middlesex counties. Almost immediately after its muster in October and November, 1861, it joined General Butler's New Orleans expedition, and was among the troops before Forts Jackson and Phillips at their surrender. The battery was encamped at Carroll. ton, La., until June 16, 1862, when a portion of it, under Lieutenant Taylor, engaged in action at Pass Manchac, La.; but the organization as a whole was not engaged until the battle of Baton Rouge, La., Aug. 5, 1862. It was stationed at Baton Rouge, La., until August 21 and then went into camp at Carrollton, La. On October 28, making its bead. quarters at Fort Pike, La., it took part in several expeditions by water; it was engaged without loss at Bonfouca, La., Nov. 26, 1862, and again on December 23. The section which accompanied General Weitzel's brigade through the La Fourche district was enga