Brookhaven Light Artillery

(aka Capt. Hoskins’ 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 Lawrence (now Lincoln) County, MS

Brookhaven Light Artillery, of Lawrence County, organized May 11, 1861; enlisted at Brookhaven 21 July, 1861. Captain -- James A. Hoskins. First Lieutenant -- John C. Hardy. Junior First Lieutenant -- Benjamin T. Atkins. Second Lieutenant -- Daniel H. Mitchell. Sergeant Major -- A. E. Maxwell. Quartermaster Sergeant -- George W. Hoskins. Sergeants -- Charles H. Williams, C. A. Williams, A. D. McClendon, G. A. Duke. Total enrolled, 104.

Appears in list of troops at Port Hudson, under Gem W. N. R. Beall, August 31, 1862, aggregate present 65; at Ponchatoula, return of October 22, under Beall's command; attached to Gregg's Brigade, return of January, 1863, Port Hudson. On duty during Admiral Parragut's attempt to run the batteries March 14. Brigade ordered to Jackson, May 1, 1863.

May 14, with the forces under Gen. John Gregg, which held in check the advance of Sherman's and McPherson's Corps to gain time for the evacuation of Jackson. Hoskin's Battery and Colquitt's Georgia Brigade retarded the advance of Sherman on the Clinton road. "Owing to the well-directed fire from Captain Hoskins' Battery and the fire of Colquitt's skirmishors, with Gregg's Brigade in view, the advance of the enemy was very cautious and slow," was General Gregg's report. The battery had one man wounded in this action, the battle of Jackson.

In June, attached to Gen. John Adorns' Brigade, Walker's Division. on the Yazoo. June 4, at Mechanicsburg, in action against a Federal expedition, covering Adams' retreat. With the land forces on the Yazoo at the time of the expedition to Yazoo City by Admiral Porter July, 1863, when the gunboat Baron DeKalb was blown up by one of Capt, I. N. Brown's torpedoes.

January, 1864, Captain Hoskins commanding, 125 men, three rifle, guns (one 3-inch) and one smoothbore, one of the strongest batteries in Polk's Army of the Mississippi. Gen. S. G. French's Division, headquarters Demopolis, March, 1864. In Atlanta campaign, Capt. James A Hoskins commanding, Maj. George S. Storrs' Battalion, French 's Divisior Lieutenant-General Polk's Army of Mississippi. Guns, two 12-pound~ Napoleons and two 10-pounder Parrotts. Three of the guns were engaged between May 13 and June 20. Lost two men in the battle of Resaca, May 17. At New Hope Church, Lieutenant Stewart, a gallant officer, had his leg taken away by a cannon shot while standing by his gun. The battery was praised by General French for good conduct at Kenesaw Mountain June 27. The Parrott guns were used on the west side of the mountain. After the battle of Ezra Church, July 28, French "continued an enfilading fire on the enemy all night from Hoskins' Battery." The battery occupied a redan to the left of the Turner's Ferry road. westward Atlanta [during the Siege of Atlanta].

[No further information in Rowland’s epic of MS Confederate History.]