Captain John Bigelow
9th Mass Light Artillery
- Enlisted as a private, April 24, 1861, in the 2nd Mass. Battery.
- Elected Second Lieutenant, May 15, 1861. Served in Baltimore and Eastern Virginia in Autumn, 1861.
- December 16, 1861 - Appointed Adjutant of the 1st Maryland Battalion.
- Served in Peninsular Campaign; left arm shattered at Malvern Hill. Rejoined army in autumn; with Burnside
at Fredricksburg. Contracted malaria and returned to Mass.
- Appointed Captain of the 9th Mass. Light Battery by Mass. Governor Andrew and arrived at Camp Barry on February 28, 1863.
- Wounded in the hand and side at the Trostle Farm Gettysburg, PA on July 2, 1863.
- August 18, 1863 - returned to command at Mine Run.
- January 23, 1864 - returns home on sick leave, not fully recovered from Gettysburg wounds.
- February 12, 1864, returns to command at Brandy Station.
- July 13, 1864, near Petersburg, goes to rear on sick leave.
- August 11, 1864, returns to Mass. on sick leave.
- December 12,1864, returns to battery at Sussex Court House.
- January 19, 1865, discharged as Major; goes home as Brevet Major.
Captain John Bigelow's Obituary as it appeared in the Chicago Journal: Chicago Journal.
Original letter from Capt. Bigelow and presentation plate at 1st Reunion of the 9th Massachusetts
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