I did so, and placed it in a position at a point indicated by yourself. Upon looking across the river, I saw the enemy's cavalry in full retreat, and upon looking down the river, I observed his infantry coming, upon which I turned my pieces and opened fire. He was at first very obstinate, and appeared determined to move forward; but a few rounds from our artillery, upon the head of his column, soon taught him the importance of the “about-face and doublequick” in his drills. I then kept up a fire upon his retreating column, advancing by half-battery, so long as it was in sight. After remaining some time at the last position occupied, some half a mile below the bridge, I received orders to move to camp. Early in the morning, on the ninth instant, I received orders to move my battery across the South-River. After proceeding a short distance down the river on the road leading to Swift Run, the enemy's pickets were observed. Two of my pieces were unlimbered, and one or two rounds drove them off. I then received orders 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 short range of the enemy's guns, and opened upon them with shell. Very soon the infantry of the enemy began to advance upon him, when I ordered a round or two of canister which staggered them. He continued to pour canister into their ranks, and maintained his ground until his ammunition, except a few shell, was exhausted, in consequence of which, and the close proximity of the enemy, I ordered him to move to the rear and fill his limbers again. I then went to look after my other section, on the left. After getting nearly there, I found that it had already been ordered to the rear. The artillery duel was a sharp one, having been fought principally with canister and short-range shell. The following is a list of the casualties sustained in my company: Thomas Jordan, supposed to be mortally wounded in head; Samuel S. Carpenter, gunner, severely in arm; William McAllister, slightly in side; John Mackay, slightly in thigh; George Byrd, slightly in cheek. I lost two horses, killed; three were disabled, and had to be left on the field. Strength on the eighth, rank and file, seventy; strength on the ninth, rank and file, fifty-five-eleven not engaged. Very respectfully submitted.
Joseph Carpenter, Commanding Battery.
Copy of Fremont's order of march.
Mountain Department, headquarters army in the field, Harrisonburgh, June 8, 1862.order of march. Advance-Guard. 1. Colonel Chiseret's brigade. 2. The pioneers of all brigades, as also the axemen of every regiment, to start at five A. M. 3. Fourth New-York cavalry. 4. General Stahl's brigade, with Bucktail Rifles as flankers, at half-past 5 o'clock A. M. Main Column. 5. Cavalry, under command of Colonel Zagongi, at forty-five minutes past five A. M. 6. General Milroy's brigade, at six o'clock A. M. 7. General Schenck's brigade, at a quarter past six o'clock A. M. 8. General Steinwehr's brigade, at half-past 6 o'clock A. M. 9. General Train's brigade, at forty-five minutes past six A. M. Rear-Guard. 10. General Bayard's brigade. Each regiment to be accompanied by its ambulances and a sufficient number of wagons to carry their cooking utensils. The train will move in the order of brigades. All horses unable to perform service to be left at this place until further orders. By order of Major-General Fremont. (Signed)
Casualties of Third Division--Action of June sixth, near Harrisonburgh.
|no. Of brigade.||designation of service.||officers.||N. C. Officers and Privates.||total.||remarks.|
|II.||1st Maryland regiment,||2||4||11||Brigadier-General Stewart commanding.|
|58th Virginia regiment,||1||10||39||3|
|3||14||50||3||70||Total loss action of June 6th.|