Watson Battery

(from Dunbar Rowland’s “Military History of Mississippi, 1803-1898”; company listing courtesy of H. Grady Howell’s “For Dixie Land, I’ll Take My Stand’)

Raised in New Orleans, but included men from Claiborne, Jefferson, & Wilkinson Counties, MS, as well as men from Louisiana.

This artillery company, organized at New Orleans about July 1, 1861, of men from various States, largely Irish, and equipped through the generosity of Lewis and James Watson, and others of Rodney [MS] [A.C. Watson of Tensas Parish, LA, according to Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr., renowned LA Civil War historian], included twelve men from Jefferson and Claiborne Counties. Daniel Beltzhoover was the first Captain, and Abert Cage, of Wilkinson County, a Lieutenant. The second Captain was E.A. Toledano. The battery was distinguished in the actions of Belmont, Mo.; Shiloh, Baton Rouge, Corinth, Tuscumbia Bridge, Farmington, Vicksburg, 1862; Sandy Creek, La., and finally in defense of Port Hudson, where many were killed, including two from Jefferson County.

[Unit ceased to exist after Port Hudson, apparently due to lack of available replacement cannon. Its men were ordered to join an unspecified Mississippi artillery unit.]