History of Hampton Battery F, Independent Pennsylvania Light Artillery
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After a great deal of labor and research the following volume has been prepared, and it is hoped that it will prove of interest to the surviving members of the Battery and their friends.
It is hard to compile a history of any one of the three Pitts burgh Batteries in the Civil War, - Hampton's, Knap's and Thompson's - as they were so closely identified through nearly the whole period of the conflict. They were in the same Army Corps and Division during the greater part of the four years of their service, and the history of one is really the history of all. The three Batteries lost in killed in action or who died of wounds received in the service forty-nine men, and nearly double that number were wounded. They were in active service nearly four years in the old Army of the Potomac, and their history is a part of the history of that Army, of which most truthfully and justly at the close of the war it was said: 'This Army from the beginning has preserved its identity like no other of the national forces. The elements of all the other armies have been continually changing by transfers from one line of operation to another.