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Initial 2016 Events Schedule Updated list of our plans for 2016 campaign season

Original Battery Member history (Last names A-C) Personnel Records and life histories of original members of the 5th Mass, 1861-1865. Part of a larger project to publish the fruits of our research into the original unit, gathered by the late Sergent William Hickey, digitized and organized by Pvt Jennifer Schlegel. Over the next few months,we'll be adding the rest of our records on the 350+ original members.
NEW Event Photos (2014-)  Photos of recent events stored in a newer gallery. For older photos see the original gallery (Event Photos ).

5th Massachusetts Battery(E)

It is the mission of the 5th Massachusetts Battery to be one of the most authentic Civil War Artillery reenacting units in the Northeast Region with something of interest to everyone.  In addition to closely adhering to original drill and field realism, we offer the following additional activities for those who are interested.

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History and Education

The 5th Massachusetts Battery is a Chapter 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the accurate portrayal of an 1860's period Volunteer Field Artillery Battery.  Specifically we recreate the 5th Massachusetts Battery originally recruited from the Boston and New Bedford vicinities.

An area where the 5th Mass Battery is concentrating effort is ...

Research ... and more research

One of the goals of our organizational charters is research into the history of the original 5th Massachusetts Battery.  For this purpose, we have ongoing research teams digging out any and all items pertaining to our Battery and other Civil War artillery batteries as they relate to the 5th Mass Battery and Civil War field artillery in general.  We have three teams, each with its own objectives:

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  • Research the function and equipment of a battery during the Civil War. This information is pertinent to how we conduct ourselves at re-enactments or living histories. 
  • Research the history of the 5th Mass Battery. What did the men actually see as they marched down a road or through a town ?  This is data over and above what is contained in the Battery history
  • Research the Battery personnel (table of all 321 original members) --their personal history --before, during, and after the war. We have collected many photos and letters etc., but, there is much more still to be discovered.
  • Reminiscences of the Rebellion…or what I saw as a private soldier of the 5th Massachusetts Light Battery from 1861-1863  by William Archibald Waugh (Born 1843). A newly revived first hand account of the war as told by an original Battery member.

The overall objective is to accumulate data and to make the results available to other interested parties . Also, through the research process we hope to locate and catalog Battery artifacts and to locate original Battery personnel descendents.

This is a major task and would have been even harder if the original Battery members hadn't published their history in 1902. This document is rich with insights into the Battery activities throughout the war. This book was just reprinted by Butternut and Blue in 1997 and is now available to the general public.

If you have any information please contact us.

  To the right is an original carte-de-visite (CDV) of Henry D. Scott, 1st Lieutenant Fifth Mass Battery. Wounded at Gettysburg 7/2/63 through the mouth, and wounded a second time a year later, he eventually became Captain of the 16th Mass Battery in 1864, the last field Battery to be formed from Massachusett

Last Updated: February 5, 2016

5th Massachusetts Battery (E)