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    ♦ Battery A - 1st New Jersey Light Artillery - "Hexamer's Battery" ♦










    Hexamer´s Battery is the biggest and oldest formed artillery battery to fight on the side of the Union.
    We honor loyalty, interest in the era of the civil war and most important of all: fun in playing the game!
    We are part of the German Volunteers, the biggest German War of Rights community, and represent its artillery branch.

    We are a german based community, but as is the case with the rest of the companies organized in the German Volunteers,
    we accept anyone who is interested in the german participation of the civil war, and are also organizing in the english language.
    For purposes of event-organization we are EU based, so please keep that in mind, if you want to volunteer.

    If you want to be part of the battery, see in the contact section below on how to get in touch!

    signed Cpt. William Hexamer (aka. zerosius)














    Over the Course of the war, some 2,500 men enlisted for three-year terms in five New Jersey light artillery batteries. Together, the batteries were identified as a “regiment”, although they never fought together as such. Commanded by a captain and led by half dozen or so lieutenants, each battery had between 150 and 200 men at any given time. The men were responsible for six guns, about eighty horses, and an assortment of support equipment such as a forge, wagons, an ambulance and caissons and limbers, which carried ammunition. In action, eight soldiers manned each field piece, most of which were either Napoleons or Parrots. The captain´s name, a letter, or a numerical designation identified each battery.

    Due to this, the history of the - 1st Battery "A" New Jersey Light Artillery - is also the history of a German immigrant called William Hexamer. Born and Koblenz and later studying in Heidelberg and Karlsruhe, he eventually joined the "Burschenschaft Neckarbund”a special type of student fraternities representing liberal and nationalistic ideas in 19th century Germany. Following from this, both he and his brother served as an aide to Franz Sigel (who should later serve as General Major for the union Army) during the 1848 revolution, where Hexamer organized the badenese “Volkswehr” (militia). After the revolution failed, he had to go into exile, which led him first to London, and eventually to New Jersey, where he settled down as an engineer and was later elected into city parliament.

    At the outbreak of the civil-war, Hexamer eventually led an organized and equipped militia battery called the Hudson County Artillery as militia major. He and Governor Olden eagerly offered the services of the unit to the War Departement, but it took four months before the battery was finally accepted into federal service. It lacked horses and caissons, which the federal authorities were unable to furnish.

    The Unit became variously known as Hexamer´s Battery, Battery A, or 1st New jersey Light Artillery. Its 105 members were mostly German immigrants and refugees, like Hexamer himself.














    Organized at Hoboken, N.J., and mustered in August 12, 1861. Left State for Washington, D.C., August 20, 1861. Attached to Kearney's Brigade, Division of the Potomac, to October, 1861. Franklin's Division, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862. Artillery, 1st Division, 1st Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to May, 1862. Artillery, 1st Division, 6th Army Corps, to May, 1863. Artillery Brigade, 6th Army Corps, to June, 1863. 4th Volunteer Brigade, Artillery Reserve, Army of the Potomac, to October. 1863. 3rd Volunteer Brigade, Artillery Reserve, to March, 1864. 1st Volunteer Brigade, Artillery Reserve, to May, 1864. Artillery Brigade, 6th Army Corps. to July, 1864. Artillery Reserve, Army of the Potomac, to December, 1864. Artillery Brigade, 6th Army Corps, to June, 1865.




    • Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D.C., till. March, 1862.
    • Advance on Manassas, Va., March 10-15, 1862.
    • Advance from Alexandria to Bristoe Station April 7-11.
    • Embarked for the Virginia Peninsula April 17.
    • Siege of Yorktown, Va., April 19-May 4 (on transports).
    • West Point May 7-8.
    • Battle of Seven Pines (or Fair Oaks) May 31-June 1.
    • Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1.
    • Battles of Gaines' Mill June 27. Brackett's June 30.
    • Charles City Cross Roads and Glendale June 30.
    • Malvern Hill July 1.
    • At Harrison's Landing till August 16.
    • Movement to Manassas August 16-26.
    • Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia August 26-September 2.
    • Bull Run Bridge August 27.
    • Chantilly September 1.
    • Maryland Campaign September 6-22.
    • Crampton's Pass, Md., September 14.
    • Antietam September 16-17.
    • Duty in Maryland till October 30.


    • Movement to Falmouth, Va., October 30-November 19.
    • Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15.
    • Duty near Falmouth, Va., till April 27, 1863.
    • "Mud March" January 20-24.
    • Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6.
    • Operations at Franklin's Crossing April 29-May 2.
    • Battle of Maryes Heights, Fredericksburg, May 3.
    • Salem Heights May 3-4. Banks' Ford May 4.
    • Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24.
    • Battle of Gettysburg July 2-4.
    • Pursuit of Lee to Manassas Gap October 5-24.
    • Duty on line of the Rappahannock and Rapidan till October.
    • Bristoe Campaign October 9-22.
    • Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8.
    • Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2.
    • Payne's Farm November 27.
    • Duty near Brandy Station, Va., till May, 1864.
    • Campaign from the Rapidan to the James May 3-June 15.
    • Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7.
    • Spottsylvania May 8-21.


    • North Anna River May 23-26.
    • On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28.
    • Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12.
    • Before Petersburg June 16-18.
    • Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865.
    • Jerusalem Plank Road June 22-23, 1864.
    • At City Point July 9-26.
    • Demonstration north of the James July 27-29.
    • Deep Bottom July 27-28.
    • Fort Fisher, Petersburg, March 25, 1865.
    • Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9.
    • Fall of Petersburg April 2.
    • Sailor's Creek April 6.
    • High Bridge, Farmville, April 7.
    • Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army.
    • March to Danville April 23-27, and duty there till May 18.
    • March to Richmond, thence to Washington, D.C., May 18-June 3.
    • Corps Review June 8. Mustered out June 22, 1865.



















    We are organized on the Teamspeak Server
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    Battery Commander - Cpt. William Hexamer:



    2nd in Command - 2Lt. Augustine N. Parsons:




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    If you want to Join, you have several options on how to get in touch.
    You can state your application in this thread using the template below, contact the battery commander
    William Hexamer aka. zerosius via steam or PM on the Forums, or directly join us via the company Tool!
    In the Tool we are registered under the name "New Jersey Battery A".

    Searching for a fitting historical name? Check the authentic roster of Hexamer's Battery here.





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    The ranks and roles of a union artillery battery, and their respective duties are detailed here.











































































































































































































    Role
    Rank
    Insignia
    Seniority
    Historical Name
    Nickname
    Nationality
    Battery Staff
    -
    -
    -
    -
    -
    -
    Battery Command
    Captain
    -
    William Hexamer
    zerosius
    Orderly Sergeant
    1st Sergeant
    James Ted Forester
    Ted
    First Section
    -
    -
    -
    -
    -
    -
    Section Chief
    2nd Lieutenant
    -
    Augustine N. Parsons
    Headiii
    Gunner
    Corporal
    Ulrich Fehrmann
    Skipper
    Gunner
    Corporal
    George Anthony
    VolcusGaming
    Cannoneer
    Private
    -
    Chris Griffin
    Colin
    Cannoneer
    Private
    -
    Ardian Griffin
    Ardian662
    Cannoneer
    Private
    -
    Dr. Johannes Augustus Wehr
    Dr_Who
    Cannoneer
    Private
    -
    John Hill
    showtime
    Cannoneer
    Private
    -
    -
    Padpoo
    -
    Cannoneer
    Private
    -
    Friedhelm Hellstrom
    Ransome
    -
    Cannoneer
    Private
    -
    Cory Scott
    cscotty118
    -
    Cannoneer
    Private
    -
    Siegberd Hammer
    Gnadus
    Cannoneer
    Private
    -
    Abasolm Clay
    pubgunph
    Cannoneer
    Private
    -
    Shown Hero
    shownhero
    -
    Cannoneer
    Private
    -
    Matix21
    Matix21
    -
    Cannoneer
    Private
    -
    Gustav Klein
    DatCondor
    -
    Cannoneer
    Private
    -
    Alec Maros
    IngwerSchaldach
    Cannoneer
    Private
    -
    Adam Otto
    dombilibaykus
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    (Updated 02.04.17)
    Last edited by zerosius; 04-02-2017 at 01:24 PM.

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    For all you interested in showing your allegiance to Hexamer´s Battery: Here are some handcrafted signatures to show off in your profile!
    Simply copy and paste this code into your signature and put in your rank, role and historical name where the template names them.
    Then upload one of the banners below as your signature picture, and you are good to go! I hope you like them!





















    Last edited by zerosius; 05-21-2017 at 01:14 PM.

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    really nice thread.

    best wishes my friend

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    Thank You

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    Union forever indeed
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    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
    This day shall gentle his condition;- William Shakespeare, Henry V

    A Good Resource for The Maryland Campaign

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    really really nice thread zerosius
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    Sweet thread. Good luck!

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    Nice thread indeed! Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus Decimus Meridius View Post
    really really nice thread zerosius
    Quote Originally Posted by Devmc99 View Post
    Sweet thread. Good luck!
    Quote Originally Posted by Sergeievich View Post
    Nice thread indeed! Good luck
    Thank you Guys!

    The Union Forever!






    Cpt. William Hexamer
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