Ketchum's (Garrity's) Battery
Ketchum's battery was organized at Mobile in May, 1861, and served for a short time at Pensacola. It was in Adams' brigade at Corinth, in March, 1861, and served in Gen. Preston Pond's brigade at Shiloh, where it lost seven men. Its captain was specially commended by the brigade commander at Shiloh, who says the safety of his whole command was due to Captain Ketchum. This battery was with Chalmers' brigade, Withers' reserve corps, in the summer of 1863, and was engaged at Munfordville, Perryville, Wildcat gap, and Murfreesboro, where it lost twenty-seven men, killed and wounded. It was ordered to Deas' brigade in July, 1863, and sent from Lookout Point to Gen. Patton Anderson, November, 1863. It fought at Chickamauga, Chattanooga and Missionary Ridge in Cheatham's corps, and sometimes with heavy loss. It was in Maury's artillery reserves in 1865, and fought at Spanish Fort, losing two men; finally surrendered at Meridian. Capt. Wm. H. Ketchum resigned and was succeeded in January, 1863, by Capt. James Garrity, who was wounded at Murfreesboro and Marietta. Lieut. Philip Bond, who commanded the battery in the summer of 1864, was killed at Jonesboro. Lieut. Maynard Hassell was killed near Atlanta.
Extracts From Official War Records
Vol. X, Part I--(13) Mentioned by General Gladden, March 12, 1862. (382) In Preston Pond's brigade, army of Mississippi, April 6th and 7th. (468) Mentioned in General Bragg's report of Shiloh. (471-474) Mentioned by General Ruggles. (516-519) Highly commended in Colonel Pond's report: "Captain Ketchum exhibited throughout the whole a degree of skill and courage which mark him as an artillery officer of the highest merit; in fact, the safety of my command is due to him." (523) Mentioned in Col. Marshall J. Smith's report. (525) Also in Colonel Looney's report. (527-531) Captain Ketchum's report. He commends in the highest terms, Lieutenants Garrity, Bond and Carroll, and Corporal Ingalls, for gallantry, coolness and ability. (543) Mentioned in Colonel Marrast's report. (788) In General Chalmers' brigade, June 30th. (810) Commended in General Ruggles' report, Farmington, May 9th. (829, 830) Commended highly in Col. J. F. Pagan's report of same. (831) Mentioned in Captain Hoxton's report.
Vol. X, Part 2--(307) In Col. D. W. Adams' brigade, March 9, 1862, Corinth. (388) Mentioned by General Ruggles, April 28th. (461) In Ruggles' brigade, April 28th. (500) Mentioned by R. H. S. Thompson, May 6th. (549) In Ruggles' division, May 26th.
Vol. XVI, Part I--(975-979) Mentioned in General Chalmers' report, September 12 to 17, 1863, Munfordville, Ky. (982, 983) Seven wounded, Munfordville, report of Lieutenant Garrity. (985, 986) Mentioned in White's and Finley's reports of Munfordville.
Vol. XVI, Part 2--(764) In Chalmers' brigade, August 20, 1862. (817) At Glasgow, Ky., September 12th.
Vol. XVII, Part 2--(633) Withers' reserve corps, June 30, 1862.
Vol. XX, Part 2--(430, 431) Present, 115, November 29, 1862, reserve division, Polk's army.
Vol. XXIII, Part 2--(735, 843) In Withers' division; present, 101, May 19, 1863. (907) Ordered to report to General Deas, July 12th, from Chattanooga. (942, 958) In Deas' brigade, to August 10th.
No. 50--(229) In Hindman's division, Chattanooga, Tenn., October 7, 1863.
No. 51--(305) Mentioned in General Hindman's report of Chickamauga, September 20, 1863. (307) Five wounded, Chickamauga. (315) Mentioned by Patton Anderson. (329) Captain Garrity's report of Chickamauga. (351) Mentioned in Slaughter's report of Chickamauga.
No. 55--(675, 677) Ordered to report from Lookout Point to General Anderson, November 23, 1863. (725, 728) Mentioned in reports of Gen. John C. Brown and Capt. M. Van Den Corput, Lookout Mountain, November 24, 1863.
No. 56--(620, 808, 827, 886) In Hindman's division, 90 present, December 14, 1863.
No. 58--(589) In Hindman's division, January 20, 1864. (821) In Hood's corps, February 29th.
No. 59--(687) Organized, March 4, 1861; present for duty, March 29, 1864, 94. (698-700) Service of officers. Garrity made captain, January 1, 1863; engaged in the following battles: Shiloh, Farmington, Munfordville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge. (731) Effective, 95, Dalton, April 1, 1864.
No. 74--(643, et seq.) Hood's corps, Johnston's army, Atlanta campaign; July 10th, Lieut. Philip Bond commanding battery.
No. 79--(896) Mentioned by CoL R. F. Beckham, November 7, 1864.
No. 93--(668) Lee's corps, Hood's army, December 10, 1864. (692) Mentioned in report of Col. L. Hoxton.
No. 103--(1047) Artillery reserves, General Maury's army, March 10, 1865. No. 104--(226) Mentioned as in Fuller's division, April 4th.
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