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Battery "B", 1st Regiment Illinois Volunteer Light Artillery
Illinois flag
Active May 2, 1861 to July 23, 1864
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Artillery
Engagements Battle of Belmont
Battle of Shiloh
Battle of Arkansas Post
Battle of Jackson
Battle of Champion Hill
Siege of Vicksburg
Battle of Missionary Ridge
Battle of Resaca
Battle of Kennesaw Mountain

Battery "B", 1st Regiment Illinois Volunteer Light Artillery was an artillery battery that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


Battery "B" was mustered into service at Chicago, Illinois on May 2, 1861 for three months' service. The battery was re-mustered for three years service at Cairo, Illinois on July 16, 1861.

The battery was mustered out on July 23, 1864 at Chicago, Illinois. Veterans and recruits were transferred to Battery "A", 1st Regiment Illinois Volunteer Light Artillery. The battery was recreated in March, 1865 by the redesignation of Bridges' Independent Battery, Illinois Light Artillery.[1]

Total strength and casualties[]

The battery suffered 9 enlisted men who were killed in action or who died of their wounds and 1 officer and 17 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 27 fatalities.[2]


  • Captain Ezra Taylor - promoted to major.
  • Captain Israel P. Rumsey - Mustered out with the battery.[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 Cvil war website after Illinois Adjutant General's muster rolls