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[503] the previous day, until it was ascertained the enemy had fled.

On the third, I returned to camp near Richmond, by order of General Lee, where I have remained ever since.

Most respectfully, your obedient servant,

John Lane, Captain Company E, Sumter Artillery Battalion.


Report of Lieutenant Massie.

camp near Richmond, July 12, 1862.
Major W. Nelson, commanding Third Artillery Battalion:
In the absence of Captain Huckstep, I submit the following statement of the movements, &c., of the Fluvanna artillery during the recent engagements before Richmond: On Thursday morning, June twenty-sixth, we proceeded to the front of our lines on theNine-mile road, General Magruder's division, and were placed in reserve in the field near New Bridge Church. The next evening, (Friday,) our rifle gun and its detachment of twelve men, under my immediate command, were ordered to take position in the open field, near Dr. Garnett's house, where, in company with several other batteries, (the whole under command of Major Garnett,) we opened fire upon one of the enemy's batteries, partially concealed by woods. Our fire was promptly returned by at least four batteries,--three being entirely concealed by the woods, and placed obliquely to our right,--thus giving them a cross-fire upon us; also, by a line of sharpshooters, protected by rifle pits, immediately in our front and about four hundred yards distant. The fire of the enemy soon became very warm, and, as we were not protected by either works or the conformation of the ground, we were ordered to retire. The conduct of the men, while under fire, was all that could have been expected or desired. We lost in this skirmish private N. W. Jennings, who was killed by a shell wound in the hip. He was a good soldier, cheerful and prompt in the performance of his duties. Private L. W. Mayre was also wounded slightly, in the hip. We also lost one horse, permanently disabled. We were unable to ascertain the result of our firing, as the woods into which our shells were thrown soon became so filled with smoke as to obscure everything from view. We retired to our post in reserve, where we were kept until Monday morning, June thirtieth, when we proceeded to Camp Holly, near New Market, there rejoining our battalion.

On Wednesday, July second, our rifle gun, under Captain Huckstep, was sent to the front, but ordered back later in the day, without firing. We were held in reserve at Camp Holly until Friday morning, July fourth, when we returned to our present encampment.

Respectfully submitted.

John L. Massie, Lieutenant Fluvanna Artillery.


Report of Captain Milledge.

camp, July 12, 1862.
sir: I halve the honor to report, in accordance with an order to report what transpired in my company between June twenty-sixth and July----, that, on the afternoon of June twenty-sixth, I was ordered by yourself to take one piece (rifle) down the river, (Chickahominy,) and make any disposition of it which I thought would bear with effect upon any of the enemy's forces, then fighting or in position on the other side of the river. Ascertaining that one of the enemy's batteries, said to be Griffin's New York battery, was in position near the edge of the creek, on the other side, and was busy with its fire upon the Maryland battery, in position on Mechanicsville Hill, I placed the rifle piece in position near the creek, and opened fire on the New York battery, which was continued about an hour, as far as I could judge, with considerable accuracy and effect. Lieutenant Thompson was with me, in charge of the piece.

On the morning of the twenty-seventh, at daylight, my company was detailed, by order of General Lee, to assist in the management of one of the large rifle guns under command of Captain Masters. Acting with him, we carried the piece some one and a half miles below the turnpike, placed it in position, and, directing its fire upon such points of the enemy's lines as seemed most stubborn, worked it until ordered by General Lee to cease firing.

Of the rest of the part performed by my company in that day's attempt, and those made afterward to get the gun where it could be used in obedience to orders — of the zeal, good order, and general soldierly spirit displayed during the interval between the twenty-eighth of June and second of July--you can judge as well as myself; and to your candid judgment I am satisfied to leave them, without any comment from me, knowing full well that the true soldier's zealous attempt to discharge his duty, though that duty may only be anxiously waiting, watching, marching and re-marching, and not the more grateful active duty of the battle-field, is not without its due credit in your eyes, and that justice will be done to them.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

John Milledge, Jr., Captain Company C, Second Battalion Artillery.


Report of Lieutenant-Colonel Cutts.

headquarters Sumter artillery battalion, camp near Richmond, July 12, 1862.
General W. N. Pendleton:
General: In obedience to your order, I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of my command, from the twenty-sixth of June to the present date. Captain John Lane's company (of six guns) having been detached from my immediate command, I would respectfully submit his own report for your consideration, which please find enclosed:

At an early hour on the twenty-sixth of June, in carrying out your order and instructions of the twenty-fifth, I reported myself, with three batteries--Captain H. M. Ross, with six guns;


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