Adjutant and Inspector General Reports
The SECOND BATTERY of LIGHT ARTILLERY has served in the Department of the Gulf during the year. On the 18th of May, the Battery left Baton Rouge, engaged the enemy at Plain Store on the 21st of May, and was actively and constantly engaged at the siege of Port Hudson, while it continued. The men fought as Vermont troops are accustomed to, and won for themselves a high reputation for coolness and bravery. I annex Capt. Holcomb's report. One section of the the Battery was in action at Jackson, August 3, under Lieut. Charles H. Dyer, who was wounded.
The Roster of the Commissioned Officers of the Battery, at the present time, is as follows.
FIRST (sic) BATTERY OF LIGHT ARTILLERY. Name and Rank Date of Com. Former Rank. Captain, First Lieutenants, John W. Chase, Nov. 1, 1862 2 Lt Dec. 13, 1861. Charles H. Dyer, Nov. 2, 1862. Sergeant; 2 Lt Nov. 1, 1862. Second Lieutenants, Perry A. Baker, July 17, 1863. Sergeant. George W. Daskam July 17, 1863 Sergeant.
Casualties reported since June 1, 1863.
Capt. P. E. Holcomb, resigned Aug. 19, 1863, to accept promotion.
The casualties among enlisted men, reported since Nov. 1, 1862, have been as follows: Died 6, Discharged 17.
On the 31st of August, the Battery was stationed at Port Hudson, and numbered 107 officers and men,--of whome 83 were on duty, 18 sick and 6 absent with leave. But this aggregate includes 26 men detailed from the 175th New York Volunteers to serve with the Battery,--of whom 21 are included among those on duty, and 2 sock. So that the present number of men furnished by the State is 81,--of whome 62 are on duty.
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