Dennis Dewalt - Captain
Scott Debo - 1st Lieutenant
Ronald F. Fulmer - 1st Sergeant
Gene Kistner - Sergeant
Greg Kline - Corporal
Ronald D. Fulmer - Corporal
Steve Slaybaugh - Corporal
Gene Kistner - President
Troy Liddick - Vice President
Dennis Dewalt - Treasurer
Greg Kline - Secretary
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Ronald F. Fulmer
Ronald D. Fulmer
William "Crackers" Howell
The men of Mount Jackson have earned an honored place in American Civil War history.
An informal Meeting was held at the Mount Jackson United Methodist Church on April 22, 1861 to discuss starting a company of local men to answer the call of Pennsylvania.
On April 28, 1861 the Mount Jackson Guards, was created. Recruited by Capt. Henry T. Danforth. A veteran of the Mexican Wars, Danforth, a county resident, saw to it that his men were trained and that each had a uniform, blanket and overcoat before marching away from home.
On June 8,1861, 38 recruits marched nine miles from the former Mount Jackson Methodist Church to the train station in Enon Valley. There they boarded a train which took them to Camp Wright, near present-day Irwin, Pa.The Methodist church, where the unit signed up and formed up before marching off to war, originally stood on a knoll overlooking modern day Route 108. The church It burned down and the site was replaced by a cemetery. A monument to the unit was erected in 1912 near the site where the church once stood.
New Castle and Mahoningtown did not have railroad stations until after the Civil War.
Although recruited by Danforth, the unit is best known as Battery B or Cooper’s Battery for its leader, Capt. James H. Cooper, who Major Gen. John F. Reynolds called the “bravest man in the army,” after he and his men stood fast with the 37th New York Regiment, saving the Union line at the Battle of Fredericksburg, a Confederate victory.
Danforth turned down a promotion to lieutenant colonel, which would have resulted in him being assigned to another unit. He chose to remain with Battery B, resigning his commission and re-enlisting as a private. He was killed near Richmond in 1862. Cooper took over as captain.
The unit served throughout the war participating in 27 engagements including Chancellorsville, Antietam and Gettysburg. There, the men of Battery B held five positions during the three days of fighting on July 1, 2 and 3, 1863. Battery B was the only light artillery unit to have participated in all three days of fighting.
Three monuments and a marker on the Gettysburg National Military Park battlefield recognize the valor of the men of the unit. Battery B also is recognized as the unit that sustained the highest number of battle-related deaths of all federal light artillery batteries. Three members of the unit, James McCleary, Alexander Alcorn and Peter Hoagland are buried in Gettysburg cemeteries.
Many descendants of those who served in the unit still live in the North Beaver Township area.
For 61 years, veterans of Battery B held annual reunions at Nesbit Woods, now known as Jackson Knolls. The reunions began in 1869 and stopped in 1930 following the death of the last local veteran, David Needler of Edinburg.
Information for this was provided through “Cannoneers, To Your Post,” by Frank Piatek, “Mark the Lines of Your Weary Marches,” by Keith Foote, and the archives of The New Castle News.
At Camp Berry, Washington, D.C., till August 14, 1861, and at Tennallytown, Md., till September.
At Great Falls, Md., September to December temporarily transferred to Banks' Division, December 25.
Duty at Seneca Falls and Edward's Ferry till January 9, 1862, when rejoined McCall's Division, and at Camp Pierpont near Langley till March, 1862.
Advance on Manassas March 10-15.
McDowell's advance on Falmouth April 9-19.
Duty at Falmouth and Fredericksburg till June.
Moved to the Peninsula June 13, and Joined Division at Mechanicsville June 30.
Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1.
Beaver Dam Creek or Mechanicsville June 26.
Gaines' Mill June 27.
Charles City Cross Roads and Glendale June 30.
Malvern Hill July 1.
At Harrison's Landing till August 15.
Movement to Join Pope August 15-26.
Battles of Gainesville August 28.
Groveton August 29.
Bull Run August 30.
Chantilly September 1 (Reserve).
Maryland Campaign September.
Battles of South Mountain September 14 and Antietam September 16-17.
Movement to Falmouth, Va., October-November.
Battle of Fredericksburg December 12-15.
"Mud March" January 20-24, 1863.
At Belle Plains till April.
Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6.
Operations at Pollock's Mill Creek April 29-May 2.
Fitzhugh's Crossing April 29-30.
Chancellorsville May 2-5.
Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24.
Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 1-3.
Duty on the Rappahannock till September 10.
Bristoe Campaign October 9-22.
Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8.
Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2.
Near Kelly's Ford till April, 1864.
Rapidan Campaign May 4-June 12.
Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Laurel Hill May 8; Spottsylvania C. H. May 8-21;
North Anna River May 23-26.
Line of the Pamunkey May 26-28.
Cold Harbor June 1-12.
Before Petersburg June 16-18.
Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865.
Weldon Railroad August 18-21, 1864.
In trenches before Petersburg till April, 1865.
Fort Stedman March 25, 1865.
Fall of Petersburg April 2.
Ordered to City Point April 3.
Moved to Washington, D.C., May.
Grand Review May 23.
Mustered out June 9, 1865.
Battery lost during service.
19 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded
17 Enlisted men by disease.