Kolb's Battery (Alabama Artillery)

        Kolb's battery, Capt. R. F. Kolb, was originally organized at Eufaula as " Barbour's light artillery," April, 1862, 325 strong, under Maj. W. N. Reeves. It was attached to Hilliard's legion, with the exception of one company, which was equipped as artillery and commanded by Capt. R. F. Kolb. It served for some time in east Tennessee, and was at Big Creek gap and Bell's bridge in the spring and summer of 1863. It was with the army of Tennessee and took part in the battles of Knoxville, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Missionary Ridge, the Dalton-Atlanta campaign, and subsequent movements in Tennessee. It surrendered at Augusta, Ga. During the war it lost about 70 killed and wounded, and 45 died of disease. Lieutenants Powers and Cherry commanded the battery at times.

Extracts From Official War Records

     Vol. XVI, Part 2--(984) In Bradford's brigade, October 31, 1862, east Tennessee.
   Vol. XX, Part 2--(414) In Colonel Bradford's brigade (Heth's division), November 20, 1862. (466) Mentioned in Heth's brigade, Big Creek gap, December 27th.
    Vol. XXIII, Part 2--(644, 711, 792) In Palmer's brigade, Big Creek gap and Clinton, February to April, 1863. (946) In Frazer's brigade, July 31st, Bell's bridge. (948) Ordered to report at Knoxville, August 3d.
        No. 51--(17) In Buckner's corps, Chickamauga, September, 1863. (449, 450) Mentioned in Major Williams' report, Chickamauga, 2 killed, 1 wounded.
        No. 55--(660) In Buckner's division, November 20, 1863. (707, 708) General Wright, in report of Missionary Ridge, says: "Captain Kolb's guns were served with great coolness and signal gallantry, for which he is entitled to my thanks and the commendations of the country." (716) Report of Capt. R. F. Kolb.
        No. 56--(620, 828, 888) Kolb's battery, present 102, December, 1863, in artillery reserve.
        No. 57--(478) Mentioned in report of A. P. Stewart, February 24, 1864, army of Tennessee.
        No. 58--(591, 617, 821) Mentioned in report of Gen. R. B. Johnson, January 26, 1864.
        No. 59--(687, 708, 709) Organized, April, 1862. Present for duty, 115, March 29, 1864. Lost men and horses at Chickamauga. Total effective, 100, Hallonquist's report. (731) Effective, 96, April 1st. (872) Artillery reserve, Johnston's army, April 30th.
        No. 74--(644, et seq.) In artillery reserve, Atlanta campaign. (667) Lieut. P. F. Powers, Lee's corps, July. (674) Lieut. Robt. Cherry, Lee's corps, August.
        No. 77--(817) Mentioned in S. G. French's report of battle of Allatoona, October 4, 1864.
        No. 78--(858) Hood's army, September 20, 1864, at Macon, Ga.
        No. 93--(668) Stewart's corps, Hood's army, December 10, 1864.

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