Latest News and Updates
5th Massachusetts Facebook Page - New group with up to date photos and information
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+
NEW Event Photos (2014-) Photos of recent events stored in a newer gallery. For older photos see the original gallery (Event Photos ).
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.
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. 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 ...
|Capt Charles A. Phillips||
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:
A personal account of the war by one of our original members
provides a first-hand perspective .
A personal account of the war by one of our original members provides a first-hand perspective. "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)
Our 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