Milwaukee Light Horse Squadron Seated Liberty Quarter Love Token 1876 Guard. Coin Infomation: Back- "LIGHT HORSE SQUADRON CAMP August 12th 1891".Front- Seated liberty dated 1876 with LHS etched on it. On September 11, 1884, twelve men signed an agreement to organize a field artillery battery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The formal organization of the unit occurred on May 11, 1885 with the creation of the 65-member First Wisconsin Battery. The Battery quickly changed its name to the First Light Battery after complaints from Civil War Veterans who served in the unit 20 years earlier. Oliver, a Civil War Veteran, was named the units first Commander. The unit occupied the Farwell Avenue Skating Rink and trained in a vacant lot on North Prospect Avenue in Milwaukee. As the unit grew, it moved to an armory at 815 N. Broadway which it shared with Milwaukees Light Horse Squadron.
The early focus of the battery included participation in military competitions, annual summer encampments, and social activities. The unit traveled throughout the midwest and as far as Washington D. Summer camps involved moving the entire Battery to destinations within Wisconsin, including Oconto, Ripon, Marinette, and Camp Douglas. Social activities are featured prominently in the unit history, including a stag club known as the Battery Bucks. The unit also organized a basketball team and formal dances used to assist in funding activities.Between 1885 and 1916 the unit was called to State or Federal service three times before its eventual participation in the World War. In May of 1886, Governor Rusk ordered State Militia units to assemble at the Broadway Armory in response to what would be known as the Bay View Labor Riot. The First Light Battery was called to State active duty on May 4, 1886 and having been held in reserve, was released on May 10, 1886. On July 9, 1898, Battery A 1st Light Artillery mobilized during the Spanish-American War. At the time, Battery A was commanded by Captain Benjamin Dally and was made up of 108 artillerymen from the Milwaukee area. The unit arrived at Camp Douglas, WI in early July 1898 and spent the summer training for the potential deployment to Texas. Please see pictures for more details! Please refer to pics for cosmetic condition. Please send me a message if you have any questions at all or if you need any additional pics. Sorry if this is an inconvenience.
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