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y, which had just arrived from Camp Barry, rejoined the rest of the Company in Frederick at 2 P. M. Here we found the Army of the Potomac still passing. The troops from Harper's Ferry were to join the Third Corps,—the celebrated fighting troops of Gen. Sickles, who, having lost a leg at Gettysburg, had left his command and was succeeded by Gen. French. We soon found ourselves in the midst of the great army, cheek by jowl with the men who fought under McDowell, and McClellan, and Pope, and Burnside, and Hooker, as principals, and under the more immediate direction of such leaders as Sumner and Franklin, Keyes and Kearny, Heintzelman and McCall, Sedgwick, Reno, and Banks in the earlier days of the war, and now were fresh from the gory fields of Gettysburg, where Reynolds, of precious memory, and Buford, and Hancock, and Sickles had immortalized themselves; and we rejoiced at our good fortune in being thus associated. When we left Frederick, Capt. Sleeper was placed in charge of the
e Latinized meaning of woods. and the Second at Ely's, six miles farther down. Grant's plan Grant and his Campaigns. Copper. was to cross the river below Lee's army and by a sudden movement turn his right flank, then, by fierce battles, beat and destroy his army. That this plan was not altogether unreasonable, appears from the disparity in the strength of the two armies. Lee's rolls showing as present for duty a force of 52,626 men—foot, horse, and artillery, while Meade's, including Burnside's corps, an independent command, numbered at this time not far from 140,000 men of all arms.—Swinton's Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac. In case this plan failed, his alternative was to force him back by left-flank marches, and by this flank movement to follow him to Richmond. Grant and his Campaigns. Coppee. At eight o'clock, our artillery moved out of camp, and after advancing about four miles, parked in company with the rest of the artillery brigade and an extensive wagon train, aw
ting to chance for our missiles to afford any aid. During the night, the Rebels made futile efforts to burn the bridge, but the dawn showed that they had fallen back from the river at this part of the line. In the evening we were relieved by Burnside's batteries, and drawing out went into park. We were aroused at half-past 1 the following morning to be in readiness, as we supposed, for an early attack, but made no movement until daylight. We then took position at the extreme left of our licover Hanover Junction, still clinging with his centre to the river. His army was thus in the form of a V, the apex resting on the river. Thus situated, he could promptly reinforce any portion of his line that was threatened. When, therefore, Burnside attempted to cross at a point midway between Hancock and Warren, he was repulsed. The situation was now a critical one, for Lee's position was not only invulnerable, but by rapid concentration he could fall upon either of our flanks before assi
was midnight, and giving the Johnnies a shot or two to celebrate their completion, we lay down behind them and were soon asleep. We were up bright and early on the 16th, expecting a renewal of the attack, and while thus waiting Lieut. Charles E. Pierce were somewhat surprised to see a battery of Napoleons come up to relieve us, and still more so at being ordered back into the fort we passed the night before, now adapted for defence against the enemy. During the morning Barlow, and Burnside (whose corps had now come up) advanced, gaining some ground, and Birney and Gibbon resumed their movement of the night previous, taking the hill occupied by the Hare House, and repulsing several attempts to recapture it On this hill Fort Stedman was afterwards erected. But the day was an uneventful one for the Battery, being mainly devoted to resting and cleaning up,—two by no means unimportant enterprises in connection with active campaigning. First Sergeant Charles E. Pierce having b
Bowling Green, 241, 244, 430. Botts, John M., 189. Bradley, John, 262. Bradlee, Samuel J., 31, 80, 147, 198. Bragg, Gen., 127, 130. Brooks, Joseph, 80, 81, 82, 84, 86. Brown, Fred F., 79, 82. Brown, John P., 81, 82, 83, 203, 208, 326, 339, 398, 402, 403, 441. Brown, O. P., 202, 339, 348. Brownsville, 108. Brooline, 436. Bruce, Chas. E., 48, 81, 255. Buckman, Wm., 28, 29. Bull Run, 139, 140, 144. Buford, Gen., 101, 110, 130. Burnside, Gen. A. E., 101, 212, 249, 283. Burnside, Mine, 298. Burkesville, 428, 429. Burroughs, Isaac N., 149,150, 440, 441. Butler, Gen., 189, 228, 277, 299, 345. Bull, Lieut. W. S., 405, 407, 409. Butterfield, N. H., 82, 98. 121, 148, 151, 163, 203, 208. C. Camp Stanton, 18, 23, 31, 39. Camp Stanton, Barry, 38, 39, 42, 43, 44, 45, 48, 49, 50, 78, 79, 101, 104. Camp Stanton, Davis, 62, 65, 73. Camp Stanton, Heintzelman, 62, 79. Campbell, Michael, 205, 206, 207, 350, 403, 404, 406. Carr, Gen. J. B., 179. Carr, John H.