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Taylor's Battery Then.....
was organized by Ezra Taylor in April of 1861 as Company B, Chicago Light
Artillery. The unit was accepted into Federal service in July as Company
B of the First Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Light Artillery.
Approximately 207 volunteers from the Chicago
region fought under Generals William T. Sherman and Ulysses S. Grant.
They soon became recognized as one of the finest light artillery units in the
Federal Army. The batteries six guns were heard at most of the battles in
the west. Included in the Battery's battle honors are Fort Donelson,
Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chattanooga,
and Atlanta The battery was discharged in
July of 1864 and it's cannon transferred to other Illinois units. Nearly half of its
members reenlisted for the duration of the fighting, ending the war
serving with members of the First Illinois Light Artillery, Battery
A. In this area you will be able to read about the battery
then and view photographs of original members. Also, in this section you
will be able to view the different types of cannons that were
used by the Battery while in service.
There are also links for an explanation of the parts of a cannon
and some drawings of typical limbers and wagons
used by a Civil War Battery.
Taylor's Battery Now.....
1989, some men and women from the Chicago area
organized the Taylor's Battery
of today. We are a nonprofit educational organization, devoted to
preserving the memory of the men from the Chicago
land area who served in the original Taylor's Battery during the Civil War. Reenacting is a hobby that
involves people of all ages. There are many local weekend events, living
histories, and school presentations. We have had members appear in such
movies as Gettysburg and Andersonville.
Also, for those who want to experience history some battle reenactments take
place near actual Civil War Battlefields. Find out what it was like to be
there with the boys of '61. In the Battery Today
section you will be able to view our upcoming schedule, and
articles written by members about events and presentations by the
group. You can also see pictures of our membership in the photo gallery.
The Ladies of the Battery.....
We are very fortunate to have a
strong ladies contingent in our group. They are deeply involved in both
the running of our organization as a club and camp life when we are in
the field. Their impressions run along different lines; from doing a camp
laundress impression, to nursing, to an Officer's wife visiting while we are in
garrison, or running our "company" sutlery. They are there
right along with us. The ladies also participate in all our parades.
They always prove to be a popular attraction and receive many kind compliments
on their manner and dress. Please follow the Ladies of the Battery link for more information.
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