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The 23rd New York Independent Battery lost 3 men killed and mortally wounded and 85 men died of disease and other causes, a total of 88, of whom 67 died in Confederate prisons

1861
Winter Recruited in Monroe and Wyoming Counties
November 1 Organized at Buffalo and Albany.
December 7 Mustered into service at Albany as Battery “B,” New York Rocket Battalion. 
December 9 Left the state for Washington D.C. under the command of Captain Jay E. Lee, a lawyer from Perry, NY, and First Lieutenant Aaron L. Cady. Duty in the Defenses of Washington.
1862
April 26 Moved to New Berne, North Carolina, and garrison duty there and at Morehead City.
July 26-29 Reconnoissance from New Berne to Young’s Cross Roads.
July 27
Action at Young’s Cross Roads.
August 30 1st Lieutenant George Seymour was commissioned.
November 2-12 Expedition from New Berne
November 2
Action at Rawle’s Hill
November 11 Demonstration on New Berne
December 11-20 Foster’s Expedition to Goldsboro, N. C.
December 14
Action at Kinston
December 16
Action at Whitehall
December 17
Thompson’s Bridge and Goldsboro
December Assigned to 3d Brigade, 5th Division, 18th Corps. Duty at New Berne.
1863
February 11 The New York Rocket Battalion was discontinued and Battery B was designated the 24th New York Battery.
March 6-10 Expedition from New Berne to Trenton, Pollockville, Young’s Cross Roads and Swansborough
March 27-April 1 Expedition to Plymouth, NC and duty there.
May Assigned to the District of Albemarle.
June 13 Captain Jay E. Lee left the battery due to a “bad hemorrhage of the lungs as the result of exposure.” In 1873 he would die of poor health resulting from his service. First Lieutenant Aaron Cady was promoted to captain.
July 26-29 Expedition from Plymouth to Foster’s Mills.
August Assigned to District of North Carolina, Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina
1864
January Assigned to Defenses of Plymouth, NC.
January 27 Expedition to Lake Phelps.
April 17-20
Siege of Plymouth.
April 20 The battery was captured at Plymouth, NC. It lost lost 2 men killed, 5 wounded and 115 captured, 67 of whom would die in prison.
May Assigned to District of North Carolina, Department of Virginia and North Carolina
October 13 Captain Aaron Cady and 1st Lieutenant George S. Hastings escaped from a train on the way from Columbia SC to Charleston. They made their way to Union lines in Tennessee and were discharged in January. Captain Cady died of pulmonary tuberculosis in November of 1865 in Waterford, New York.
1865
March 8 Survivors transferred to the 3rd New York York Artillery as Battery L