Thank you visiting our site! 2012 was a GREAT year for DPFB and Battery B 1st New Jersey Light Artillery, and we look forward to remembering the sacrifices our ancestors made during the American Civil War (ACW) (1861-1865) during the 2013 reenacting season. As we are in the midst of the 150th anniversary of that conflict, Battery B members are working diligently to create a memorable "impression" of the brave ment that served in the original Battery B. I am often asked, "Why is your club portraying this specific unit?" Here is our official answer:
Our Captain is from Northern New Jersey, with ancestors traced back to this area during the ACW. The original Battery B was formed in Newark, NJ, with members of the Newark Fire Department. Coming from a fire service family, this seemed an ideal way to honor the family members that served both in the American Civil War and the fire service. When searching for a unit to portray, we found that Battery B was a member unit of the Army of the Potomac, and participated in most of the major battles of the Eastern Theater of the Civil War. We are portraying the unit as it would appear "mid-war" from late 1862 to early 1864. The Battery currently fields four guns, two full-sized Model 1841 12 pound "Mountain Howitzers"; a Whitworth Rifle; and a Model 1838 24-pound "Coehorn Mortar". As many reenactors know, these guns are the starting point for many batteries. Our long term goal is to procure a full-sized 10 pound Parrott Rifles, the gun used by Battery B during the Battle of Gettysburg, and a 12 pound Bronze Model 1841 Field Howitzer, the initial piece issued to the 2nd NJ Artillery. While a typical Federal Artillery Battery is composed of six guns, we are portraying a two-gun "section" of a Battery. For a history of Battery B and a timeline of their service, visit the Resource section of this site.
We are proud of the efforts of our members to obtain a grant for two, 10-pound Parrott Rifles for a neighboring club and hope to be able to actually utilize these guns on the field in the future.
Battery B also had several alternate names, these included:
The Battery was commanded by the following officers during the Civil War:
The Department of the Pacific, Federal Battalion (DPFB) is a family oriented, living history organization based in the Carson City, Nevada area. I am honored to serve as Commander of DPFB and Battery Commander of Battery B, 1st New Jersey Light Artillery, and invite any interested parties to join our group. For more information, visit the DPFB web site and we are pleased to be associated with the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Department of California and the Pacific, General William Passmore Carlin Camp 25 in Reno, NV. We are also pleased to be associated with the Nevada Civil War Volunteers (NCWV). Please join us for any of our 2013 events! Stay Safe!
Wayne L. Eder, EFO, MBA
Major Wayne L. Eder with 10lb Parrott Rifle, at the Battery , 1st NJ Light Artillery Battery Monument near the "Peach Orchard", Gettysburg National Battlefield, PA (2013). Battery fired 1,300 rounds in five hours on Second Day of Gettysburg, a record for any Artillery Battery during the American Civil War.
THE LIGHT ARTILLERY Author Unknown
On the unstained sward of the gentle slope,
Full of valor and nerved by hope,
The infantry sways like a coming sea;
Why lingers the light artillery?
Whirling the Parrotts like children's toys,
The horses strain to the rushing noise;
To right and to left, so fast and free,
They carry the light artillery.
The gunner cries with a tug and a jerk,
The limbers fly, and we bend to our work;
The handspike in, and the implements out--
We wait for the word, and it comes with a shout--
The foes pour on their billowy line;
Can nothing check their bold design?
With yells and oaths of fiendish glee,
They rush for the light artillery.
Hurrah! Hurrah! our bulldogs bark,
And the enemy's line is a glorious mark;
Hundreds fall like grain on the lea,
Mowed down by the light artillery.
"Fire!" and "Load!" are the only cries,
Thundered and rolled to the vaulted skies;
Aha! they falter, they halt, they flee
From the hail of the light artillery.
The battle is over, the victory won,
Ere the dew is dried by the rising sun;
While the shout bursts out, like a full-voiced sea,
"Hurrah for the light artillery!"
"Hurrah for the light artillery!