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eived no orders; therefore, I have not had the honor to participate in any of the many engagements for the protection of our capital.
Several field-batteries were brought in, one or two at a time, upon both flanks, but each was quickly overwhelmed.
The artillery under D. H. Hill, which had been engaged at White Oak Swamp the afternoon of the 30th, had entirely exhausted its ammunition and been sent to the rear to replenish.
In the demand for guns, A. P. Hill sent two of his batteries, Davidson's and Pegram's. Pegram had been engaged in every battle, beginning with Mechanicsville.
Including Malvern Hill, he had 60 casualties out of 80 men, and was only able to man a single gun at the close.
This fighting, the artillery part of the action, began about noon and continued until about half-past 3 o'clock. D. H. Hill thus describes that in his front, —
Instead of ordering up 100 of 200 pieces of artillery to play on the Yankees, a single battery, Moorman's, was ordered up, and kn