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June 25, 2014

Battery B ceremony set for Saturday

NEW CASTLE — The Boys of Battery B will be remembered Saturday in Mount Jackson.

The light artillery unit, many of whom were recruited from the Mount Jackson area, served during the American Civil War.

Their descendants and North Beaver residents will commemorate the battery and the monument that recognizes the soldiers. There will be a ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Battery B Monument on Route 108. This marks the 102nd anniversary of the landmark monument’s placement in 1912.

Organizers of the commemoration said June 28, 1861, is the anniversary of the day the unit’s members were sworn into official service.

Battery B of the 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery, under the leadership of Capt. James H. Cooper, also was known as “Cooper’s Battery.” It organized in April 1861.

On June 8, 1861, a group of about 80 men marched from the former Mount Jackson Methodist Church, which stood near the site of the Battery B monument, to Enon Valley to board a train to Camp Bright in Pittsburgh.

Battery B served in multiple Civil War battles including Antietam, Fredericksburg and Gettysburg, where two battlefield monuments and a marker honor the unit’s participation.

Battery veterans had reunions from 1869 until 1930, when the last local veteran, David Needler of Edinburg, died.

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