9th Wisconsin Light Artillery Battery


The Ninth Wisconsin Light Artillery (9th Light Artillery Battery) was organized at Burlington, WI, and mustered into the service of the United States on January 27, 1862.

Active Duty

In the latter part of March, the battery was transferred to Camp Utley, Racine, Wisconsin, and from there to St. Louis, Missouri.  In April 1862, the battery moved up the Missouri river to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and on the 26th of April left there for the march westward "Across the Plains," arriving at Denver, Colorado Territory, on June 2nd.  On June 5th, the Right section of the battery left Denver for Fort Union in New Mexico. The Left Section would move to Fort Larned on June 15, engaged in garrison duty until December 1864.

The Right and Centre section sections of the battery were stationed at different points in Colorado Territory and western Kansas, mainly at Fort Lyon and Fort Larned, and at Denver, they were on garrison duty.  Sections of the battery remained in that territory until the latter part of October 1864, and were then assigned to General Blunts Division/Army of the Border in eastern Kansas, participating in the action at Little Blue, Missouri, October 21, 1864.

Thereafter the different sections of the battery were stationed at points in Kansas until the close of the war, and They were mustered out of the service of the United States on September 30, 1865, and disbanded at Madison, Wisconsin, October 4, 1865.

Casualties of the 9th Wisconsin Independent Battery Light Artillery

The Ninth Battery lost 6 men to disease.

For Further Research

Search our collections for photos and artifacts from Wisconsin in the Civil War. Read about other Wisconsin Civil War regiments. For detailed regimental histories of the U.S. Civil War, consult the Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories.

The histories above, unless otherwise noted, are adopted from Charles E. Estabrook, ed., Records and Sketches of Military Organizations, (Madison, 1914).