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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 9. (ed. Frank Moore) 3 3 Browse Search
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to limber up and move to the right. About this time the enemy opened fire upon us. I was then ordered to move my pieces forward and through a wood that was just in front of me. After examining the wood I found it was impossible to move artillery through, in consequence of the thick undergrowth. I reported this fact to Captain O'Brien, Assistant Adjutant-General, when he directed that I should send one section of my battery to the support of the left. I did so, under the command of Lieutenant McKendree, who reported to the General in person and was ordered to take position on the extreme left. Of the operations of this section the General must be acquainted, as it was under his immediate observation nearly the whole time. With Captain O'Brien's permission, I ordered the other section, under command of Lieutenant Carpenter, to take a position on the extreme right, as there was no artillery there, and by so doing to get a cross-fire upon the enemy. He moved forward until within sho
e, some three miles, when we were ordered to the front, to report to General Whiting, who ordered us to take position in the field near Poindexter's residence. Some three batteries, being in advance, took all immediate positions. Sending Lieutenant McKendree back to report the fact, I halted the battery, and started to look out a position, when I met a battery coming off, and directly after, another. Learning from them there was no suitable place in that direction, returned, and found my battfiring again at half past 2 o'clock, continuing till about five. Our ammunition being nearly exhausted, was ordered to the rear, losing one man (Frank Linn) killed, two wheels broken, and two horses wounded. I am very much indebted to Lieutenants McKendree and Lambie for services rendered me during the engagement. Corporals Reice and Montague deserve especial notice for their coolness and precision with which they pointed their pieces, as does James Hammond, (private,) acting gunner.
I suppose the forces were nearly equal, possibly the enemy were 300 or 400 the stronger. A number of charges were made upon our troops, and each was handsomely repulsed. All concede that our men exhibited the greatest bravery and endurance, for the fight commenced about 8 o'clock on Wednesday morning, the 26th inst., continued through the day and night, and ended about 12 o'clock on Thursday. Our loss was about 30 killed, 60 to 70 wounded, and a few prisoners taken, among them Major-McKendree, Q. M. Lt.-Col. Barbee had his arm broken, though it will be saved. I cannot give accurately the loss of the enemy, as they buried many of their dead, and took off all of the wounded who could be removed. They had seven to ten ambulances and a number of wagons full on their retreat, but they left upon the battle-field about 50 dead, 70 severely wounded, and we took besides about 60 prisoners. The enemy treated our citizens in the neighborhood of the battle-field in the most wanton a