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Battery "A", 1st Regiment Illinois Volunteer Light Artillery
Illinois flag
Active April 17, 1861 to July 3, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Artillery
Engagements Fall of Fort Donelson
Battle of Shiloh
Battle of Port Gibson
Battle of Raymond
Battle of Jackson
Battle of Champion Hill
Siege of Vicksburg
Battle of Kennesaw Mountain
Battle of Atlanta
Battle of Nashville

Battery "A", 1st Regiment Illinois Volunteer Light Artillery, originally known as "Smith's Chicago Light Artillery," was an artillery battery that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


Battery "A" was mustered into service at Chicago, Illinois on April 17, 1861 for three months state service. The battery was reorganized for three years Federal service as Battery "A" on July 16, 1861.

The battery was mustered out on July 3, 1865. [1]

Total strength and casualties[]

The battery lost 15 enlisted men who were killed in action or who died of their wounds and 22 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 37 fatalities.[2]


  • Captain James Smith - resigned November 27, 1861.
  • Captain Charles M. Willard - promoted to major.
  • Captain Francis Morgan - mustered out May 24, 1862.
  • Captain Peter P. Wood - mustered out July 23, 1864.[3]

See also[]

  • List of Illinois Civil War Units
  • Illinois in the American Civil War


  1. The Civil War Archive website after Dyer, Frederick Henry. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. 3 vols. New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1959.
  2. Dyer, 1959.
  3. Illinois in the Civil war website after Illinois Adjutant General's muster rolls