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Record Group Number: 900000
Series/Collection Number: M87- 21
Creator: Confederate States of America. Army.  --Kilcrease Light Artillery.
Title, Dates: Records, 1863-1864.
Amount: 2.00 v.
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Organization/Arrangement: One volume is alphabetical, the other chronological.
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Biographical/Historical:     The Kilcrease Light Artillery, also known as Villepigue's Light Battery, was organized in 1863 as a Florida company in the Confederate Army, Dept. of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Fred L. Villepigue, who had served as Florida's Secretary of State (1853-1863), was elected Captain of the battery.  The initial muster of the Kilcrease Light Artillery occurred at Camp Leon, Florida. By September 1863, the unit was stationed at Camp Ashby, Georgia, near Savannah.  Ultimately, the unit was sent to reinforce the Confederate troops defending Charleston and Johns Island, South Carolina.
    The Kilcrease Light Artillery returned to Florida in March 1864 to support the Confederate defenses at Camp Milton, west of Jacksonville.  In August 1864 at Brandy Branch, the unit skirmished with Union forces.  In March 1865 at Natural Bridge, it assisted in repelling a Union thrust against Tallahassee.  It remained stationed in north Florida until the end of the war.  In May, 1865, the Kilcrease Light Artillery disbanded and its men were paroled.
Summary:     These records of the Kilcrease Light Artillery include a Company Descriptive Roll and a Morning Report Book.  The Company Descriptive Roll lists the commissioned officers, non-commissioned officers, and enlisted men of the unit.  Also included are registers of men transferred, discharged, died, and deserted. Entries in the book usually included name, age, height, complexion, color of eyes, color of hair, town and state of birth, occupation, place and date of enlistment, name of enrolling officers, length of enlistment, and additional remarks.
    The second item in the collection is the unit's Morning Report Book.  It covers the period from September 1863 to September 1864 and gives a detailed unit status account.  Included for each day are the number of officers and men present for duty, sick, or special duty, in arrest, absent sick, absent with leave, absent without leave, and men on special service.  The book is signed each day by the First Sergeant and Company Commander.  Also included is a remarks column with information on personnel changes, conditions of the battery's horses, etc.
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Subject Access Fields: Military records. aat
Florida History Civil War, 1861-1865
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865
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