Wonderful recruiting broadside for the 18th Ohio Light Artillery, printed in July 18, 1862. The broadside measures 28” by 21 ½” and features classic Civil War fonts and motifs. It claims that the field artillery is the “most desirable branch of service” and that “the duties are less than in infantry or cavalry; no guard duty, do picket duty; no marches on foot.” Mounted in a vintage frame. An iconic piece of Civil War ephemera.
Eighteenth Independent Battery Light Artillery. - Capt., Charles C. Aleshire; First Lieuts., William R. Morgan, Henry A. Regnier, Joseph McCafferty, Albert S. Bierce; Second Lieuts., Benjamin W. Rutherford, Casey Roseburgh, James W. Chestnut, James C. Patterson. This battery was mustered into service on Sept. 13, 1862, at Camp Portsmouth for three years. It first crossed the Ohio river and went into camp near Covington, Ky. It was later sent to Tennessee and participated in its first engagement at Thompson's station. In the battle at Franklin in April 1863, the battery took a position on the right of Fort Granger on a high bluff on the north side of the Harpeth River, and from this point opened a brisk fire on the enemy's line, which kept him from getting his batteries in position. It participated in the running fight at Guy's gap and Shelbyville, and in the ensuing battle of Chickamauga did good service. After the battle of Lookout Mountain, in which it participated, the battery went into camp at Chattanooga, where it remained until December, when it was ordered to turn over its guns, horses and camp equipage, and proceed by railroad to Nashville, where it went into winter quarters and spent most of the time in drilling. The spring and summer were also spent in this camp and the following December occurred the battle of Nashville, in which the battery, having got into a position for an enfilading fire, did great execution with shell and solid shot. The battery was mustered out on June 29, 1865, at Camp Dennison, Ohio.
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Inventory Number: DOC 270