Saturday, May 24, 2008

Silfversparre's Illinois Battery

Illinois Battery "H", 1st Regiment Light Artillery
Commanded by Captain Axel. Silfversparre

Back of monument:
This battery consisting of four 20 pounders, arrived at the Landing April 5, 1862. During Sunday the guns were brought by hand to this position and did good service in resisting the afternoon attack upon this line. The battery had 6 men missing.

This battery would have been on the left of Grant's last line defense. It is located very close to the national cemetery. In the background you can see the battlefield's flag pole at half mast, I was there during the period of mourning for President Ronald Reagan.

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