Robertson's (Dent's) Battery (Alabama Artillery)
Robertson's battery was organized early in the war as part of the army of Pensacola. It fought with Gladden's brigade at Shiloh, where its gallantry was the subject of universal commendation. Its conduct at Farmington and Bridge Creek was also highly commended. The battery lost heavily at Murfreesboro, Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge, fought continuously in the Atlanta campaign, and suffered severely at Franklin and Nashville. It was in Clanton's brigade, at Mobile, at the close of the war. It was commanded almost continuously by Captain Dent, and after the summer of 1863 was called by his name. It was composed only partially of men from Alabama.
Extracts From Official War Records
Vol. VI--(819) Army of Pensacola, February 1, 1862. Vol. X, Part I--(383) General Gladden's brigade, Shiloh, April 6 and 7, 1862. (472) Mentioned in General Ruggles' report; (475) in Colonel Bankhead's report; (515) in Captain Hodgson's report. (532, 534) General Withers says: "With such batteries there could be no failure." (537) Commended in Col. D. W. Adams' report of Shiloh. (566) Mentioned in General Girardey's report. (788) In Gardner's brigade, Bragg's army, June 30th. (809, 810) Mentioned in General Ruggles' report of Farmington, May 9th, "distinguished for gallantry of captain and good conduct of men on the field." (813) Commended in General Anderson's report. (853, 854, 855) Mentioned in Colonel Wheeler's report, Bridge Creek, May 28th and 29th. "This battery was skillfully and gallantly handled by Lieutenant Dent, of Robertson's battery, putting the enemy to flight." (924) Commended by Capt. David Provence.
Vol. X, Part 2--(307) Col. Joseph Wheeler's brigade, Corinth, March, 1862. (461, 549) Gardner's brigade, April and May.
Vol. XVI, Part 2--(764) In Gardner's brigade, August, 1862.
Vol. XVII, Part 2--(633) In Gardner's brigade, reserve corps, Bragg's army, June 30th.
No. 50--(229) In Hindman's division, Chattanooga, October 7, 1863. No. 52--(52) Mentioned in report of W. H. Lytle, August 16th.
No. 51--(15) In Hindman's division, battle of Chickamauga. (305-307) Commended by General Hindman. Loss, 3 killed, 13 wounded. (331) Commanded by Deas, Missionary Ridge, October 9th. (338, 343) Mentioned by Coltart and Manigault, Missionary Ridge. (460-463) Highly commended in affairs of September 20th, by Bushrod Johnson. (475, 476) Mentioned in Col. John S. Fulton's report, Chickamauga. (491) Highly commended by Lieut.-Col. R. B. Snowden. (501) Mentioned in Col. D. Coleman's report.
No. 55--(659) In Hindman's division, November 20, 1863. (741, 742) Mentioned in report of Gen. Wm. B. Bate.
No. 56--(620, 808, 827, 886) In Hindman's division, Breckinridge's corps, December, 1863.
No. 58--(589, 821) In Hood's corps, February 29, 1864. No. 59--(687) Present for duty, 110, March 29, 1864. (698-700) Report of Maj. A. R. Courtney says Dent's battery, Capt. S. G. Dent, was present at Pensacola. Shiloh, 2 killed, 17 wounded; Farmington, 1 wounded; Murfreesboro, 2 killed, 23 wounded; Chickamauga, 3 killed, 19 wounded; Missionary Ridge, 7 killed, 21 wounded.
No. 74--(643, et seq.) Hood's corps, Johnston's army, April 30, 1864, during Atlanta campaign.
No. 93--(668) In Trueheart's battalion, Stewart's corps, Hood's army, December 10, 1864. (692) Mentioned by Colonel Hoxton as in Courtney's battalion, December 10th to 17th.
No. 103--(1047) In Clanton's brigade, Mobile, March 10, 1865.
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