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Vermont Artillery

First Battery Light Artillery Vermont Volunteers
Hebard's Battery, aka Grey Horse Battery

Pvt Truman J. Waterman

The following was contributed by Dottie Halpern:

My great-grandfather Truman J. Waterman enlisted on Nov. 30, 1861. He was mustered into service Feb. 18, 1862 and credited to the town of Orange. He was discharged August 10, 1864. He served in the First Vermont Battery. Sometimes it is refered to as the First Vermont Light Battery.

A relative started to research this in 1911 and wrote to the then Adjutant General of the State of Vermont. I will now quote from a letter received from Asst Adjt General Edward Baker dated Jan. 20, 1911.

"The flags of the Battery were the National colors, and a State Flag of blue silk, bordered with yellow silk fringe, with the State Coat of Arms on the center of the flag.

The Battery took part in the following engagements;

Siege of Port HudsonMay 25 to July 9, 1863
Pleasant HillApril 9, 1864
Cane RiverApril 23, 1864
Bayou de GlazeMay 18, 1864

Some of the officers of the Battery were Capt. George W. Duncan, Capt. George T. Hebard, Lieut. Henry N. Colburn, Edward Rice, Thomas Reade, Jr. and Edward E. Greenleaf"

Another letter from Edward Baker dated Jan 23, 1911 states "the uniform of a battery-man was blue trouses(sp) and dark blue Jacket, the latter corded in seams with red. The insignia of rank of Corporal was two stripes on the sleaves in the shape of a letter V point down. Color red. The epaulets were used to complete the full dress uniform."

I have a picture/collage of 4 men. Their heads are on a background of a military gun unit. It is undated but labeled with the names James B. Riker-2nd Lieutenant, Dan Clark-Bugler, Ed E Greenleaf-1st Lieutnant, C. W. Ransom-Chief Gunner and the words "old army pictures of 1st Vt battery."

I have a few letters from Dan Clark who was the bugler. In different letters he states "at the mustering in the unit was attached to the 8th Vt, but was made independent at Ship Island, Miss. Col. Thomas was over Capt. Hebard at the mustering. When we arrived at our rendezvous at Ship Island, Miss we were made an independant battery with Capt. Duncan in command and Hebard 1st lieutenant. But Hebard soon superseded him and became the Capt. of the battery which office he held during the remainder of the service. Gen Butler had command over all the troops in the department of the gulf to which the first Vermont battery belonged."

In another letter Mr. Walter F. Smith adds "of the 156 men forming the Battery as we left Vt. March 6th 1862 only 76 returned in 1864, the others dying of disease or wounds, killed in action or discharged for disability, etc.

I have letters written by my great-grandfather during the war. I am in the process of reading these and will let you know any other information as I come across it.