Cooper, Civil War Veteran
Birth: Pennsylvania, 1833
Death: Kansas, 1897
Military Service: Private, 3rd Independent Battery, Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery
Pennsylvania-born William R. Feather was earning his living as a cooper (barrel maker) in Vienna when he entered military service. He served as a Private from February 1, 1862 to February 24, 1865. The 3rd Independent Battery fought in the Battle of Shiloh and in the sieges of Vicksburg and Atlanta. Feather died in Kansas.
Regimental History, 3rd Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery
Organized at Canton, Minerva and Massillon, Ohio, November 9, 1861, to March 15, 1862. Ordered to Pittsburg Landing, Tenn., March 15, 1862. Attached to 6th Division, Army of the Tennessee, to July, 1862. Artillery, 6th Division, District of Corinth, Miss., to November, 1862. 3rd Division, Left Wing 13th Army Corps, Dept. of the Tennessee, to December, 1862. Artillery, 3rd Division, 17th Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee, to November, 1864. Artillery Reserve, Nashville, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to March, 1865. Garrison Fort Doneison, Tenn., 5th Sub-District, District of Middle Tennessee, to July, 1865.
SERVICE-Battle of Shiloh, Tenn., April 6-7, 1862. Advance on and siege of Corinth, Miss., April 29-May 30. Duty at Corinth till November. Battle of Corinth October 3-4. Grant's Central Mississippi Campaign November, 1862, to January, 1863. Reconnoissance to LaGrange November 8-9. Moved to Memphis, Tenn., January, 1863, and duty there till February 21. Moved to Lake Providence, La., February 21, thence to Milliken's Bend, La. Movement on Bruinsburg and turning Grand Gulf April 25-30. Battle of Port Gibson May 1. (Reserve). Forty Hills, Hankinson's Ferry, May 3-4. Battle of Raymond May 12. Jackson May 14. Champion's Hill May 16. Siege of Vicksburg May 18-July 4. Assaults on Vicksburg May 19 and 22. Surrender of Vicksburg July 4. Duty at Vicksburg till February, 1864. Expedition to Canton and Brownsville October 14-20, 1863. Bogue Chitto Creek October 17. Meridian Campaign February 3-March 2, 1864. Clinton, Miss., March 26. At Vicksburg till April 4. March to Huntsville, Ala., thence to Ackworth, Ga., April 4-June 8. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign June 8-September 3. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Bushy Mountain June 15-17. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Nickajack Creek July 2-5. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Howell's Ferry July 5. Leggett's or Bald Hill July 20-21. Battle of Atlanta July 22. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Lovejoy Station September 2-6. Operations in North Georgia and North Alabama against Hood September 29-November 3. Ordered to Nashville, Tenn., and duty there and at Fort Donelson, Tenn., and vicinity as mounted Infantry till June, 1865. Ordered to Camp Taylor, Ohio, for muster out. Mustered out August 1, 1865.
Battery lost during service 1 Enlisted man killed and 57 Enlisted men by disease. Total 58.