Battery A, lst Michigan Light Artillery 1861-1865
a.k.a. Loomis’ Battery, Michigan Light Artillery,
(most common designation)
a.k.a. First Michigan Battery
(as found in newspapers, May-June 1861)
a.k.a. Coldwater Light Artillery
(pre-war designation,up to June 1861)
We have an interest in the history of the original Loomis’ Battery. In 1975 we wrote an M.A. thesis describing the origins of the Battery from its pre-war roots in a State Militia organization, to 1865. We are now enlarging our research to pick up more wartime data, and track approximately 350 individuals who served in the Battery prior to August 1865, and who continued to gather socially until the late 1920’s as the Loomis Battery Association. We have recently run a limited printing of 50 copies of the 1975 Essay, with the addition of reprints of newspaper accounts from the 1880, 1881, 1894 and 1911 Reunions and other commentary. This edition is 102 pages. All proceeds from this printing, above production cost, go to
” Loomis’ Battery, Inc,” a 501-c-3 , Michigan non-profit organization.
To purchase a copy please send a check or money order for $20 plus, postage of $2 ($22 Total) to:
Museum and Collector Specialties,
38 E Elm Avenue
Monroe, Michigan 48162
Checks must be made payable to Loomis’ Battery Inc, or to MCS Co. Alternatively, you may also order a copy via e-mail and you will recieve a PayPal email invoice.
We have collected a number of historic items relating to the Battery, including about 125 images of members, most of them taken during the war. Individuals who have a genealogical interest in the original battery are welcome to contact us and we will hope to trade information and/or copies of photographs where possible.
Jerry (Jeremiah) V.K. Cudner was one of the first to join Battery A, First Michigan Light Artillery in April 1861. He had belonged to the Coldwater Light Artillery since the mid 1850’s. This photo appears to be pre-war since it is definitely militia, with stripes not reflected in his war time record. The M1836 Artillery Short Swords were state owned and did not leave Michigan. Jerry served throughout the war, re-enlisting in May 1864. He was mustered out in July 1865 at Jackson, Michigan. Within two days he was dead. Newspaper accounts suggested he was murdered since his $175 final army pay was missing. He was poisoned. A female was involved; she claimed she provided him opium for toothache relief.