The 1st Independent Battery, Massachusetts Light Artillery Organized at Camp Cameron August 27, 1861 and left the State for Washington, D. C., October 3. The battery was commanded at Gettysburg by Captain William H. McCartney, a Boston attorney. It brought 145 men to the field serving six 12-pounder Napoleons. It was held in reserve and fired only four rounds of long range solid shot, it suffered no casualties. It mustered out October 19, 1864 at the expiration of term.
The composite roster of this unit contains the names of 338 men.