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Chaffee Light Artillery musters into service 
By Army National Guard Maj. Adam Morgan, Colorado National Guard Historian 
Chaffee Light Artillery 
Chaffee Light Artillery (CONG archives)

On March 7, 1878, one of the earliest field artillery units in the Colorado National Guard, the Chaffee Light Artillery, was mustered into service.  

The organization was named for Sen. Jerome B. Chaffee of Colorado because of his efforts in securing necessary equipment from the federal government.  

Initially armed with two brass Napoleon twelve pounder guns, the unit was housed with the “Governor’s Guards” on 15th and Curtis streets in downtown Denver.  

One of the Soldier’s most notorious missions was that of the City Hall riot in Denver in 1894. Gov. Davis Waite called out the Chaffee Light Artillery along with three companies of infantry to enforce the removal of certain city officials who had chosen to defy the governor’s orders.

3/1/2015