Four Corporals from Battery C, 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery.

Robert Gray

First Sergeant
Jul 24, 2012
Four Corporals From Battery C, 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery at Miner's Hill, Virginia during the winter of 1861-1862.
Image: The Medford Historical Society & Museum

Battery C was organized at Providence and mustered in August 25, 1861. It was consolidated with Battery G, 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery on December 23, 1864 and was mustered out June 24, 1865.

The four men are identified (left to right) as William F. Neville, John H. McLaughlin, Augustus S. Hanna and William S. Perrin. The company roster provides us with information about each.

William F. Neville remained a Corporal throughout his service and was mustered out on August 27, 1864.

John H. McLaughlin was promoted to Sergeant on January 3, 1862 and deserted on June 20, 1862.

Augustus S. Hanna was promoted to Sergeant and was killed on May 3, 1863 at Chancellorsville.

William S. Perrin was transferred to Battery B and promoted to First Lieutenant on March 20, 1863. At Gettysburg he assumed command of the battery when Captain Thomas Frederick Brown was wounded in action. He mustered out with the battery on June 13, 1865.


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JPK Huson 1863

Brev. Brig. Gen'l
Forum Host
Feb 14, 2012
Central Pennsylvania
For such a teeny state Rhode Island sent an awful lot of troops to war. It's been a lot of years since reading Elisha Hunt Rhode's book and I know it's a different regiment but boy, what a valuable word image for what the men in these photos experienced.

Thanks for posting!

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