The battery mustered about 158 men during the Civil War, of whom 16 died in battle and 20 of disease. Also known as Company B, Richardson’s Battalion Light Artillery.
|August||Formed from a state militia company in Ascension Parish under Captain Victor Auguste Maurin|
|September 5||Arrived in Richmond with three 6-pounder guns and assigned to Department of the Peninsula. Three rifled cannon were supplied, and the battery was moved to Yorktown.|
|January||Assigned to Rains’ division, Department of the Peninsula|
|April||Assigned to Longstreet’s Division, Army of Northern Virginia|
Siege of Yorktown
The battery occupied Wynn’s Mill
Battle of Williamsburg
The battery’s three 6-pounder guns defended Fort Magruder.
Battle of Seven Pines (Fair Oaks)
|June||Assigned to Pryor’s Brigade, Longstreet’s Division, Army of Northern Virginia|
|June 25||Seven Days Battles|
Battle of Gaines’ Mill
The battery lost 1 man killed and 3 wounded
Battle of Frayser’s Farm (Glendale)
|August||Assigned to Pryor’s Brigade, Wilcox’s Division, Army of Northern Virginia. The battery was armed with two 10-pounder Parrott rifles, on 3″ Ordnance Rifle, and three 6-pounder smoothbore howitzers.|
|August 23||A section of the battery was involved in a skirmish at Beverly Ford and Rappahannock Station, suffering no casualties|
Second Battle of Manassas
Commanded by Captain Victor Maurin and attached to Saunders’ Artillery Battalion of Richard Anderson’s Division. Armed with two 10-pounder Partott Rifles, one 3″ Ordnance Rifle, and three six-pounder guns. The battery fought on the high ground south of the Sunken Road and east of the Hagerstown Pike. It suffered no casualties.
Battle of Shepherdstown
One Parrott Rifle and caisson were abandoned in the retreat near Shepherdstown, and another caisson was destroyed by a shell. One man was killed and two wounded, and 20 horses were also lost.
|September||Assigned to Artillery Battalion, Anderson’s Division, Longstreet’s Command, Army of Northern Virginia|
Battle of Fredericksburg
The battery occupied earthworks immediately to the left of the Plank Road on Marye’s Heights. Claudius Linossier was killed, 6 men were wounded, and one gun was disabled.
The battery was not engaged
|June 1||Assigned to Garnet’s Artillery Battalion of Heth’s Division in the newly-created Third Corps of A.P. Hill|
The battery was armed with one 10-pounder and two 3″ Rifles. It lost two men wounded out of the 114 men engaged.
From the marker:
July 2. In position here all day but not actively engaged until 3 P.M. when it opened and maintained a steady fire on Cemetery Hill until near sunset and vigorously renewed it at dusk for the purpose of diverting the fire of the Union artillery from the Confederate infantry then assaulting East Cemetery Hill.
July 3. Ordered to a position south of McMillan’s Woods and held in reserve sometimes fired upon but not returning the fire.
July 4. Withdrew about 8 A.M. and marched to Cashtown to reinforce the cavalry escorting the wagon train.
Losses not reported in detail.
|July 6||Skirmish at Williamsport|
|July||Assigned to Garnett’s Battalion, 3rd Corps, Army of Northern Virginia|
|November-December||Mine Run Campaign|
|May 23-26||North Anna|
|June 16||Petersburg siege begins|
|July 11||Captain Maurin promoted to major. Lieutenant Renaud Jacques Prosper Landry promoted to captain.|
|December 28||Armed with two 12-pounder Napoleons and and two 10-pounder Parrott Rifles.|
|April 2||Petersburg Final Assault and Fort Gregg|
Appomattox Court House
Three lieutenants, 64 enlisted men and 4 servants surrendered under the command of Captain R. Prosper Landry.