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5th Independent Battery Wisconsin Light Artillery
Wisconsin flag
Active October 10, 1861 to June 6, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Artillery
Engagements siege of Corinth
Battle of Perryville
Battle of Stone's River
Battle of Chickamauga
Siege of Chattanooga
Battle of Bentonville

The 5th Independent Battery Wisconsin Light Artillery was an artillery battery that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


The 5th Independent Battery was mustered into service at Racine, Wisconsin on October 10, 1861.

The battery was mustered out on June 6, 1865.

Total strength and casualties[]

The 5th Independent Battery initially recruited 155 officers and men. An additional 70 men were recruited as replacements, for a total of 225 men.[1]

The battery suffered 1 officer and 5 enlisted men killed in action or died of wounds and 1 officer and 18 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 25 fatalities.[2]


  • Captain Oscar F. Pinney
  • Captain Charles B. Humphrey
  • Captain George Q. Gardner
  • Captain Joseph McKnight[3]

See also[]

  • List of Wisconsin Civil War Units


  1. The Blue Book of the State of Wisconsin Compiled and Published Under the Direction of J. D. Beck, Commissioner of Labor and Industrial Statistics, 1907 Democratic Printing Company, State Printer, Madison, WI 1907
  2. The Civil War Archive website after Dyer, Frederick Henry. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. 3 vols. New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1959.
  3. Wisconsin Historical Society after Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865. 2 vols. 1886.