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“Wilder’s” or “Rigby’s Battery”

The 26th Indiana Battery lost 1 officer and 12 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.

May Organized, but not accepted since Indiana had already met its quota of artillery companies/.
June 12 The 26th Indiana Battery mustered in as Company A, 17th Indiana Infantry, but retained its artillery status. It was under the command of Captain John T. Wilder, who would quickly become Lieutenant Colonel of the regiment and eventually Brigadier General of the legendary “Lightning Brigade.” When Wilder was promoted Silas F. Rigby was commissioned Captain and given command of the company.
July 2 Left Indiana for Parkersburg, Virginia, bringing a long two six-pounder cannons that Captain Wilder had cast in his own foundry. Attached to Reynolds’ Cheat Mountain District, West Virginia. The company was permanently detached after it had left Indiana, being known as “Wilder’s Battery” and eventually being officially designated as the 26th Indiana Battery Light Artillery.
July 23 Moved from Parkersburg to Oakland
August 7 To Camp Pendleton
August 7-13 To Cheat Mountain Pass and Elkwater
September 11-13 Petersburg
September 11-17 Operations on Cheat Mountain
September 12 Cheat Mountain Pass
September 13 Elkwater
October 3-4 Greenbrier River
November Attached to Milroy’s Command, Cheat Mountain, W. Va.
December 11-14 Expedition to Camp Baldwin
December 13 Allegheny Mountain
December Duty at Beverly
March Attached to Milroy’s Cheat Mountain Brigade, Dept. of the Mountains
April 1-12 Expedition on the Seneca
April 12 Monterey
May 8

Battle of McDowell

May 10-12 Franklin
June 1-2 Strasburg and Staunton Road
June 8

Battle of Cross Keys

June Duty at Winchester. Attached to Milroy’s Independent Brigade, 1st Corps, Army of Virginia
July Attached to Piatt’s Brigade, Winchester, Virginia.
August Attached to Trimble’s Brigade, White’s Division, Winchester, Va.
September Attached to Miles’ Command, Harper’s Ferry, W. Va.
September 12-15

Defense of Harper’s Ferry

September 14

Bolivar Heights

September 15

Surrendered with the Harpers Ferry Garrison

September Paroled and sent to Annapolis, Maryland, then to Camp Douglas, Ill.
November At Camp Butler, Springfield, Illinois, and at Indianapolis, Indiana
November 11 Captain Silas F. Rigby was dismissed.
March 18 Left State for Lexington, Ky.
March 22 Captain Hubbard T. Thomas was given command of the 26th Indiana Battery.
March Duty in Central District of Kentucky, Dept. of the Ohio
March 22-April 1 Operations against Pegram
March 24
Action at Danville, Ky.
March 28 Hickman’s Heights
May 1 Dutton’s Hill, Monticello
June Attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 23rd Army Corps, Army of the Ohio
July Attached to 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, 23rd Army Corps
August Attached to Reserve Artillery, 23rd Army Corps
August 16-September 17

Burnside’s Campaign in East Tennessee

September 20-21 Carter’s Depot
September 21 Jonesboro
October Attached to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 23rd Army Corps
November 4-December 23

Knoxville Campaign

November 17-December 5

Siege of Knoxville

December Garrison duty at Knoxville
Garrison duty at Knoxville
February Attached to 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, District of East Tennessee, Dept. of the Cumberland

Stoneman’s Raid through East Tennessee into North Carolina

April Duty at Greenville, East Tennessee. Attached to 1st Brigade, 4th Division, District of East Tennessee
July 19 The 26th Indiana Battery mustered out at Indianapolis under the command of Captain Hubbard T. Thomas.