Battery B – A History

Engaged in twenty-six battles, including all the important actions on the Peninsula, Fredricksburg, Chancelorsville, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Appomattox, and most importantly, that fateful battle at Gettysburg, Battery B saw alot of action, and gave better than they got in every case.

Read about Battery B’s Role at Gettysburg.

Scroll through the Battery Roster of 1861.

Read all about 1st New Jersey Light Artillery and it’s five batteries of artillery in Dyers History of Civil War units.

Here is a little sample of that history from a book written by an original member:


Commander Clark, 1st New Jersey Artillery

Brevet Major A. Judson Clark,
Captian Commanding Battery B,
First New Jersey Artillery
(From a War Time Photograph, 1862)
HISTORY OF BATTERY B,
1ST N.J. ARTILLERY.

front (ill.)

This Battery was recruited at Newark, N.J., most of the men and officers being from that vicinity, and all from Northern New Jersey. The Captain, Second Lieutenants and thirty of the enlisted men had seen service in Company F, First New Jersey Infantry, during three months’ service. A better lot of men physically and mentally never served the United States. Most of them were boys from 16 to 21 years of age; nearly all working men from shop, factory and farm; two … were veterans of the Mexican war; two … had seen service in the English army; two … had served in the German army; and (one)… in the French army. Nearly every occupation had a representative, ranging from goldsmith to farmer, in our ranks. Seventy percent were native born, but the naturalized soldiers in our ranks were equally devoted to their adopted country as its own sons.

The Battery was mustered into the United States service at Trenton, N.J., Sept. 3, 1861, for three years service, by Lieutenant Charles Brightly, Fourth United States Infantry, under General Order No. 16, War Department, May 4, 1861. Immediately after muster the state furnished each man two suits of underwear, stockings, uniform, great-coat, knapsack, haversack, canteen, knife and fork, tin cup and plate, woolen and rubber blankets, all of which were far superior to what was afterwards supplied to us by the United States Quartermasters. The Battery rendezvoused at Camp Olden, Trenton. In camp with us there were the First Cavalry, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth New Jersey Infantry, all of whom preceded us to the front, and the organization of the Ninth was going on when we were ordered to the front on October 22, 1861.

Excerpt from:

HISTORY OF BATTERY B, 1ST N.J. ARTILLERY.
Written by Michael Hanifen
Pages 5 and 6
Longstreet House
Originally printed, Ottawa, Illinois, 1905
Reprinted, Hightstown, NJ, 1991