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Thirteenth battery Massachusetts Light Artillery.

(1) Capt. Charles H. J. Hamlin.

Number on rolls,7269276
Enlisted men (included above) commissioned in battery,22
Enlisted men (included above) serving elsewhere within battery,
Actual total of members of battery,7267274
Killed and died of wounds,
Died by accident and disease,2626
Died in Confederate prison,
Total losses,2626

Active during the Red River campaign; Port Hudson campaign; and engaged at Pleasant Hill and Cane River, La.

The 13th Battery was recruited at Camp Meigs, Readville, Mass., and left the State on the ‘De Witt Clinton’ for New Orleans Jan. 20, 1863. On account of severe storm the vessel put in at Fortress Monroe, and the battery, having lost 57 horses during the passage, remained at Camp Hamilton, Va., for a few weeks, reaching New Orleans May 10. On June 6 it took up its position before Port Hudson in two detachments, one under Captain Hamlin, the other in charge of Lieut. T. W. Terry; so stationed, it was on duty until the surrender, July 8; immediately entering into camp within the works, it remained there during July and August, part of the time under command of Lieut. Ellis Mott; here it suffered much loss by disease, the command being reduced to 50 men. On August 31 it was temporarily attached to the 2d Massachusetts Battery, and with that organization took part in the Bayou Teche expedition, October and November, 1863, engaging in frequent skirmishes and meeting the enemy at Franklin, La., October 2; at Carrion Crow Bayou, October 15, and again on November 2. It went into camp with the 2d Battery at New Iberia, La., moving with it then to Franklin; here on Feb. 17, 1864, it joined the 6th Massachusetts Battery, remaining with it until March 6 when it united with Battery L, 1st U. S. Artillery. Attached to this organization, it took part in the Red River expedition, meeting the enemy in a skirmish at Pleasant Hill, La., April 7, and again in a more serious engagement, April 9, in which 4 men were wounded and 1 taken prisoner; engaged also at Cane River Crossing. On July 1, 1864, the battery was relieved from its detached service and reporting to Captain Hamlin, again an independent organization, with a battery of 4 guns, went into camp at Greeneville, La. Here it remained two months; then moving to Camp Parapet, La., it remained there during the remainder of its service, engaging in little action but that which fell to them in the routine of camp life. It was mustered out July 28, 1865.

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