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While working on our Autumn 2023 issue, which includes a fascinating story about the daring exploits of Battery G, 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery, at Petersburg on April 2, 1865, we came upon this Mathew Brady photograph. It’s part of a Brady series called “Illustrations of Camp Life.” Four men from Battery C are shown, not Battery G, and it is from early in the war. That, however, doesn’t matter. The men who joined these batteries representing the country’s smallest state were a familiar lot and would earn a reputation as perhaps the best cannoneers in the entire Union Army. Brady provided only the last names of the four corporals here: Neville, McLaughlin, Hanna and Perrin (left to right). And, unfortunately, all four were killed during the fighting. 

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