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Schenectady in the Civil War: Thirteenth Regiment of Artillery (Heavy)

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[This information is from Chapter XXV, pp. 395-402 of Schenectady County, New York: Its History to the Close of the Nineteenth Century by Austin A. Yates (New York: New York History Co., 1902). It is in the Schenectady Collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at Schdy R 974.744 Yat, and copies are also available for borrowing. Thanks to Carol Di Crosta for data entry help with this project. The names of the soldiers are in the order they were in the book.]

Colonel William A. Howard received authority May 11, 1863, to organize this regiment in New York City.

The companies were recruited all over the state. E at Schenectady, Ephratah, Providence, Clifton Park, Galway, Oppenheim, Amsterdam, Saratoga, Ballston, Johnstown, New Albion, Glenville, Waterford, Randolph, Albany and Tompkins.

The regiment left the state in detachments, the First Battalion, Companies A, B, C and D, leaving October 5th, 1863; it served as infantry and heavy artillery in the Departments of the East, until it left the state; and of Virginia and North Carolina; the First and Second Battalions in the Defenses of Norfolk and Portsmouth, Va., and Newbern, N. C.; the Third Battalion as a coast-guard on board vessels of war along the Atlantic coast. Company C served at Fort Hamilton, New York Harbor, from September 12th, 1863, to October 5th, 1863; Companies A and H as seige artillery in the Third Division, Eighteenth Corps, Army of the James, from May, 1864, at, and in the forces for the defense of Bermuda Hundred, Va., from January, 1865; Companies I, K, L and M in the Naval Brigade, Army of the James, from July, 1864.

The regiment lost in the service by death, killed in action, 1 officer, 2 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 2 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 3 officers, 144 enlisted men; total, 4 officers, 148 enlisted men; aggregate, 152; and portions of it took part in the following engagements, etc.: Operations against Petersburg and Richmond, Va., May 5-31, 1864; before Petersburg, Va., June 15 to April 2, 1864-5; assault of Petersburg, Va., June 15-17; Swift Creek, N. C., October 7; Day's Point, Va., November 14-19; Fort Fisher, N. C., December 25, 1864; Fort Fisher, N. C., January 15; Fall of Petersburg, Va., April 2, 1865.

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