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Introduction Soon after the close of the Civil War, Major J. Henry Sleeper, for his own information and enjoyment, obtained permission from the Adjutant General of the U. S. A., to have an exact copy of the Morning Report Book of the Tenth Massachusetts Battery made. For various reasons the historian of the company in preparing its history some years since made but slight use of this book. The lapse of time has shown the survivors of the Battery that this omission on the part of their historian was a mistake; that many of them could have been materially aided in establishing their claims for a pension had these records been available, and that other historical material omitted should have found place in the volume. Acting on this idea at the last meeting of the Battery Association a committee was chosen, consisting of John D. Billings, Maj. Milbrey Green and Lieut. Charles E. Pierce and given full power to print the contents of the Morning Report Book with such other valuable
s, as well as for the likeness of himself which adorns the volume; to Maj. Gen. A. A. Humphreys for duplicate copies of his official reports of operations of the Secoqld Corps; to the late Maj. Gen. William H. French for official reports of campaigns of the Third Corps during our connection with it; to the Hon. William Claflin for a complete set of government maps which have enabled me to trace with accuracy our lines of march in nearly all the movements in which we participated; to Maj. J. Henry Sleeper for his many kind offices during tlhe progress of thle work; to my associates of the committee, Messrs. William E. Endicott, Charles E. Pierce, Willard Y. Gross, George M. Townsend, and G. Fred. Gould, for the information and kindly criticism they have contributed; and to many more whose assistance has been less important only in degree. In the prosecution of my researches, I have examined a large mass of war material, and have sought information by correspondence from commanders
measure of success. One day we received the compliments of the officer J. Henry Sleeper of the day for proficiency, and the next, drew down upon our defencelessnpopular post commander, for setting his authority at defiance. Oct. 1, J. Henry Sleeper, the newly appointed Captain of the Company, arrived. He had been pronotege which we heartily appreciated, having never taken kindly to it. Capt. Jacob Henry Sleeper was a Bostonian by birth, son of the Hon. Jacob Sleeper of the Govern 1st Div. 6th Army Corps, Camp near Harrison's Landing, Aug. 4, 1862. Lieut. J. H. Sleeper of Porter's Battery A, Mass. Vol. Art'y has been under my command some m of Massachusetts. Adjutant General's office. Boston, Sept. 9, 1862. Lieut. J. Henry Sleeper, Porter's Battery, Mass. Vols. Lieut.,—I am directed by His Excelled, one of the recruits, discharged on account of disability. Oct. 1. Capt. J. Henry Sleeper came into camp and took command. Oct. 3. Charles H. Bisbee, Henry B.
arching orders. [Saturday, Oct. 4, 1862.] The 10th Massachusetts Battery in camp at Boxford have received marching orders for Monday, Oct. 6, and will probably reach this city about 1 o'clock. The following is a list of the officers:—Capt., J. Henry Sleeper; Senior 1st Lieut., Henry H. Granger; Junior 1st Lieut., J. Webb Adams; Senior 2nd Lieut., Asa Smith; Junior 2nd Lieut. Thomas R. Armitage; First Sergeant, Otis N. Harrington; Quartermaster Sergeant, S. Augustus Alden; chiefs of Pieces ttery have all been inspected and placed on board the car. The field pieces will be supplied the company on their arrival at Washington. Departure of the 10th Massachusetts Battery. [Oct. 14, 1862.] The Tenth Massachusetts Battery, Captain J. Henry Sleeper, arrived in the city at 1 o'clock this afternoon from Camp Stanton, Boxford, and marched up State and Washington Street en route for the Old Colony and Fall River Railroad Depot. The company is composed of fine looking men who are thoro
ies; but as the wages expected never came to hand, the question of interest to the detail from the Battery afterwards was, why not? With the arrival of Thanksgiving there came to many of the men boxes freighted with good things from home. Capt. Sleeper generously added to the occasion a contribution of six turkeys, which, with others already purchased, enabled us, so far as eatables affected the subject, to pass the day in a manner at least approximating its accustomed dignity and importance was received. It arrived Christmas day, which this year came on Thursday. The evening was spent in packing up and making all necessary preparations for departure on the morrow. The preparation for departure was temporarily enlivened by Capt. Sleeper's tent taking fire and burning down. At this place we took our first lesson in sundering tender ties that had grown up between ourselves and the little conveniences we had devised and arranged to make camp life more cosy and comfortable.
mmissary whiskey, he afterwards rode up to Capt. Sleeper's tent, revolver in hand, bent on his destearance, and, having seen double, reported Capt. Sleeper's Battery of twelve guns and three hundredof Capt. Closson. During its stay there Capt. Sleeper concluded to try an experiment, which was,, and John H. Knowland reported for duty. Capt. Sleeper went on furlough. Benj. H. Phillips' sent Feb. 18. Waldo Pierce sick in quarters. Capt. Sleeper returned from furlough. Feb. 19. Harriuld removed. One horse shot per order Capt. Sleeper, disease glanders. J. P. Brown reported sickce and Corporal Stevens returned to duty. Capt. Sleeper started for Washington on business. Maron started on 10 days furlough to Boston. Capt. Sleeper returned from Washington. April 1. Pri(one chestnut and one bay) shot, per order Capt. Sleeper; disease, glanders. April 19. Orcutt (ed for quarters. One horse shot per order Capt. Sleeper; disease glanders. Capt. Sleeper returned[4 more...]
ce of Alden reduced to the ranks. Private B. C. Clark appointed corporal in place of Starkweather. July 13. Two horses shot. Disease glanders. Three horses abandoned as worthless and worn out. July 18. Crossed the Potomac river from Maryland to Virginia. July 19. Serg't Allard and privates Alden, Chase and Abbott sent to Berlin for horses and mules with four horses mounted. July 25. Three horses abandoned as worthless and worn out. July 27. First Sergeant Otis N. Harrington and private John C. Frost reported sick to quarters. Captain J. Henry Sleeper absent sick at Warrenton on surgeon's certificate. July 28. One horse abandoned as worthless and worn out. July 29. First Sergeant Otis N. Harrington and private John C. Frost sent to Gen'l Hospital, Washington, D. C. One horse died, disease inflammation of the bladder. Privates Northey, Ellsworth, Ramsdell, Ham, Chase, Peach, Innis, Clark (?), Bickford, Ring, Newton, Parks, Pierce (?) reported to quarters.
ity, no leniency; and he who enters upon it must accept its lard conditions even if he perish in its grip. Morning reports 1863. August 1. Privates Elworth, Ham, Innis, Clark, Ramsdell and Pierce (?) reported for duty. August 2. Capt. J. Henry Sleeper returned and took command of the Battery. August 3. Two horses shot; disease glanders; by order of Capt. Sleeper. Five horses received from Qr. Master Artillery Brigade, Lt. Case. August 4. Eight horses received from Lieut. Case, Arin reported to quarters. Oct. 1. Private Waldo Pierce, John T. Goodwin reported for duty. Oct. 3. Privates Chas. L. Chase, Geo. H. Day, Elias Ashcroft, reported for duty. Oct. 4. Five picked — up horses turned over to the Battery by J. Henry Sleeper. Oct. 6. Private John C. Frost received notice of his discharge at Mt. Pleasant Hospital Sept. 25, 1863. Oct. 7. Corp'l Geo. A. Smith reported for duty. W. H. Trefry reported to quarters. Oct. 8. Frank A. Chase returned from Camp
u to consider favorably the claim to promotion of Captain J. Henry Sleeper, 10th Mass. Battery. He has served under me siec. 12. Wm. E. Endicott appointed Lance Sergeant. Capt. J. Henry Sleeper absent in Boston on furlough for 15 days. Dec. . 29. Corp'l Geo. A. Smith reported to quarters. Capt. J. Henry Sleeper returned from Boston. Dec. 30. Private Albert Nceived furlough for 10 days to visit Canton, Mass. Capt. J. Henry Sleeper received leave of absence to go to Baltimore, Md. 12. One horse died; disease, glanders. Jan. 13. Capt. J. Henry Sleeper returned from furlough. Jan. 16. Lieut. Henry Ht, by order Dr. Benson, Vet. Surg. 3rd Army Corps. Capt. J. Henry Sleeper starts on leave of absence for Baltimore. Jan. an. 29. Private Pierce T. Hill reported for duty. Capt. J. Henry Sleeper returned from leave of absence. Jan. 30. Privatarters A. O. P. series 1863. One horse shot by order Capt. J. H. Sleeper, the stiver (?) water having run out thereby renderi
ed uninjured, though greatly terrified at the deed she had done.—From the Diary of a Staff Officer. Before we had completed our customary redoubts, Gen. Gibbon ordered the right section forward to an advanced position. It Hosea O. Barnes was placed behind a low earthwork—a mere rifle-pit already thrown up which afforded little protection for the men—in the edge of some pines; and as there was underbrush just outside the works which obstructed the aim of the gunners, at the command of Capt. Sleeper three of the cannoneers leaped over to cut it away; but just as they were completing this task an explosive bullet from a Rebel sharpshooter laid one of them low, mortally wounded. It was Hosea O. Barnes, Number Three man on the Third piece. One of his companions William E. Endicott. lifted him up and bore him into the breastworks, but he was rapidly entering the valley of shadows. I am about gone, were the last words that passed his lips. Shrouded in his shelter tent he was laid <
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