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6th Independent Battery Wisconsin Light Artillery
Wisconsin flag
Active October 2, 1861 to July 3, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Artillery
Engagements Siege of Corinth
Battle of Corinth
Battle of Port Gibson
Battle of Champion Hill
Siege of Vicksburg
Siege of Chattanooga
Battle of Nashville

The 6th Independent Battery Wisconsin Light Artillery, nicknamed the "Buena Vista Artillery," was an artillery battery that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


The 6th Independent Battery was mustered into service at Racine, Wisconsin on October 2, 1861.

The battery was mustered out on July 3, 1865 at Madison, Wisconsin.

Total strength and casualties[]

The 6th Independent Battery initially recruited 157 officers and men. An additional 85 men were recruited as replacements, for a total of 242 men.[1]

The battery suffered 1 officer and 6 enlisted men killed in action or died of wounds and 22 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 29 fatalities.[2]


  • Captain Henry Dillon
  • Captain Thomas R. Hood[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.