Shields' Battery

19th Ohio Independent Light Artillery (Shields' Battery)

This first list contains the comments of Chris Whipple who has extensively researched the Unit, officially known as the 19th Ohio Independent Light Artillery. The second list is from the Rosters. The history of the unit is below. Should you wish further information about this unit or the people in it, or a photograph that he has stated is available, contact Chris at

Lake/Geauga county roster – per Williams Bros. History of Geauga and Lake Counties

Shields' Battery.

H. Buffington – photograph available
S. Campbell
A. Peters – officer – probably worked for the railroad
W. Otis - related to the Waites – did not find on official roster
W. Nash
J. Van Looven – officer – probably worked for the railroad
C.H. Vial
E. McNally – did not find on official roster
E. Waite
Orrin Waite - Died - Kenesaw Mt., Ga - 6/64
S. Storm – photograph available
H. Markell. – did not find on official roster




Joseph C. Shields

Senior First Lieutenant

Frank Wilson

Junior First Lieutenant

William Dustin

Senior Second Lieutenant

Charles B. Harris

Junior Second Lieutenant

Robertson Smith


Orderly Sergeant

John N. Estabrook

Quartermaster Sergeant

Thomas Poole

Duty Sergeants

James W. Grimshaw

Pardon B. Smith

Robert D. Hanna

Arthur Gray

Charles Luck

Thomas J. Hudson


Simon W. Killiam

Patrick H. Gallagher

Eli H. Simkins

Alexander G. Cassill

Geo. H. Campell

Norman Champney

William A. Bruner

William G. Byron

Jas. M. Johnson

Asahel B. Peters

Edward F. Brown

George H. Barber


William H. Stover

Edward Byerly


Henry W. Redhead

John H. Van Luven

Wagon Master

James A. Wilson


Jas. W. Allen

John Andrews

Joseph Armstrong

Thos. J. Armstrong

Guy Ball

Alonzo Barrett

John Bassett

Alfred Bates

Albert Bishop

John Bissell

Frank D. Bostwick

Wm. R. Boyd

John E. Bradford

Ira Bruner

Horatio S. Buffington

Marx Buhl

Wm. R. Burger

Chas. E. Burrows

Wm. Burton

Solon O. Campbell

Jas. F. Carter

Melvin R. Carter

Alex. Chevalia

Wm. Childs

Edwin J. Cobb

John M. Concklin

Wm. H. Cook

Gabriel W. Crossley

Joseph B. Crouch

Henry Curtis

Edmund W. Davis

John B. Douglass

Drury F. Dryden  

Harry Ellsler

Edward C. Fairchild

Samuel T. Ferguson

George Flower

Horatio J. Foote

John D. Galwey

Austin C. Gaskill j

Thomas Gearity

Jasper N. Gibbons

Oscar E. Gifford

Frank Gilbert

Adam Glib

Jas. A. Gould

Meric Gould

Alfonzo Hard

Wallace Harper

Theo. N. Harrington

Jacob Hartman

Wm. J. Hartzell

Geo. A. Haver

Philip D. Hecker

Wm. Hecker

Jas. Hendricks

Sam. F. Herrick

Jas. V. Hiddleson

John Hill

Fred. Hodel

Wm. Hogan

John Honoddle

Michael Houck

Ruel H. House

Jere M. Hower, Jr.

Heman H. Hubbard

Jos. C. Huston

Andrew J. Kelly

Albert J. Ketchum

Edward W. Kidney

Rudolphus M. Kridler

Martin Leonard

Martin V.B. Leper

John Lowe

Wm. Maier

Robt. G. Marcellus

Delos R. Marks

Jacob Marx

Andrew F. McGhee

Wm. Messenger

John Moore

Edwin C. Morse

Luke R. Murphy

Jere. W. Nash

Walter Norton

Jos. M. Odell

Geo. M. Patterson

Artemas T. Proctor

John C. Quinlan

Jas. L. Reed

John Reese

Harrison H. Remington

Steven G. Remington

John Reiley

Edward C. Root

Geo. H. Root

Andrew D. Sackett

B.L. Sampson

Wm. K. Scott

Elbert B.A. Simons

Henry B. Smith

Wm. J. Spafford

Jas. H. Stanford

Alex. B. Stevens

Solon C. Storm

Joseph Strine

Jacob K. Stucker

Samuel Sunderland

Robert Thompson

Ellis D. Torry

Theodore C. W. Tracie

Chas. H. Viall

Erastus R. Wait

Orrin L. Wait

John Walcott

Christian Waltz

John Watkins

Harvey S. Welch

George Williams

Richard H. Williams

Victor R. Williams

Andrew Wolf


John W. Barnum

Elden C. Dixon

E.H. Fox

O.E. Gifford

Allan Monroe

Low J. Minnick

Smith Riley

Charles E. Silvernail

J.W. Welch

BOLD – Civil War Photograph Available

UNDERLINE – 1897 Group Photograph Available





Date of Rank

Cox. Issued



Joseph C. Shields

July 28, 1862

April 29, 1863

Resigned September 15, 1864


Frank Wilson

Nov. 3, 1864

Nov. 3, 1864

Mustered out June 27, 1865

1st Lieutenant

Frank Wilson

July 28, 1862

April 29, 1863

Promoted to Captain


Wm. Dustin

July 28, 1862

April 29, 1863

Mustered out June 27, 1865


Charles B. Harris

Nov. 3, 1864

Nov. 3, 1864

Mustered out June 27, 1865

2d Lieutenant

Charles B. Harris

July 28, 1862

April 29, 1863

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant


Robertson Smith

July 28, 1862

April 29, 1863

Resigned February 3, 1863


John N. Estabrook

May 23, 1864

May 23, 1864

Mustered out June 27, 1865


James W. Grimshaw

Jan. 26, 1865

Jan. 26, 1865

Mustered out June 27, 1865






This battery was recruited in the vicinity of Cleveland, and left Camp Cleveland, near that place, on October 6, 1862, en route for Covington, Kentucky. Here it remained until July, 1863, during which time not a shot was fired, except in the way of practice. In the latter part of July the battery joined in the chase after Morgan’s rebel cavalry through Indiana and Ohio, after which it was ordered back to Kentucky and placed in the reserve artillery of General Burnside’s army. With that force it crossed the Cumberland Mountains into East Tennessee, and in September, 1863, moved forward from Knoxville with the forces that advanced on Cumberland Gap, and to who General Frazier, the Rebel commander of that stronghold, surrendered without firing a shot. It then returned to Knoxville, and remained there up to the time of and during the siege. During the siege it occupied positions on the extreme right of the line, but was not, to any extent, engaged. The right section as station in Fort Sanders during the entire siege, and did good execution, without the loss of a man.


The battery participated in the East Tennessee campaign of 1863-4, and shared all its hardships. In the spring of 1864 it was attached to the Second Division of the Twenty-Third Army Corps (General Judah commanding), and moved with that crops from Knoxville on April 28th. The corps was joined at Calhoun, Tennessee, by the Third Division. Reaching, Red Clay, Georgia, it joined the Army of the Tennessee, and on May 9th was hotly engaged in the battle of Rocky Face Ridge.


On May 23d the battery was again engaged at very short range, using canister freely. From this on to the close of the Atlanta campaign, From Rocky Face Ridge to Lovejoy’s Station it was engaged in all the fierce battles of that march. On September 8th, with the whole army it fell back to Atlanta and vicinity. The battery was stationed at Decatur, and while there reorganized and re-equipped for the next campaign.


The movements of the enemy did not allow much time for recruiting either horses or men. October 3d found the battery again inside the fortifications of Atlanta, where it remained until November 1st, when orders were received to proceed to Nashville by rail. At Nashville, it drew a complete new outfit, and on November 16th was ready to take part in the reception of General Hood and his forces.


On December 15th the battery moved out of Nashville with General Thomas’s army and took part in the brilliant fights of the 15th and 16th, the results of which were the utter defeat of the Rebel army and it s precipitate retirement from before Nashville.


The battery followed by the flying Rebels to a point on the Tennessee River, where, under orders, it was placed on transports and taken to Cincinnati, and thence by rail and transports to Fort Fisher, North Carolina. It arrived at Fort Fisher on the 22d of February, 1865, and, without landing, was taken on up the river to Wilmington.


On March 6th the battery joined in the North Carolina campaign. In this there was much hard marching and little fighting. A few skirmishes with the enemy at important points along the route was about all that transpired. On March 21st it entered Goldboro’ and on the 24th, near Goldsboro’, made a junction with General Sherman’s army. It lay at this place until April 9th, and them moved to Raleigh.


While at Raleigh, news of Lee’s surrender and Johnston’s capitulation was received. The battery, however, was selected to do garrison-duty at Salisbury, North Carolina, and remained at that place up to June 15th, when it was ordered to proceed to Greensboro’ turn over its ordnance stores, and take transportation for Cleveland, via Danville, City Point, and Washington City. It arrived at Cleveland on the 23d of June and was paid and mustered out of service on the 29th of June, 1865, after three years of faithful and arduous service.


The East Tennessee campaign of 1863-4 was probably the most trying of any that the battery through during the whole of its service. The winter was unusually severe, and the ground almost continually covered with snow and ice. So sever, indeed, was the cold that the men were almost constantly employed in cutting and hauling fuel to ward off death by freezing. Provisions were very scare. The country had already been closely foraged by both army and it was an utter impossibility for the Government authorities to send supplies into that bleak and almost inaccessible county. And yet the casualties of the battery were slight; the men seemed to be as thoroughly inured to the hardships of their position as if they had always lived in that part of the country.


In addition to the privations of cold and lack of ration, the men were compelled to improvise habitations, as their tents had been left in the rear. Under these circumstances the advent of spring was gladly hailed as the harbinger of better times and more comfortable campaigns. Spring opened, and with it came the Atlanta campaign, one of the busiest and most arduous of the war.



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