and positions of my guns, offering, at the same time, to furnish me with any additional guns that I might need. Having given him the desired information, I accepted, and placed in position, three of his rifled pieces, and awaited his orders. About twelve o'clock M., I sent a message to the General that I thought the enemy were vacating the works in front of me; and about three P. M., sent another message that I was quite sure the work was entirely deserted; but received no orders, though Generals Lee, Hill, and Longstreet came up shortly afterward, and watched the movement of the enemy until near five o'clock, when General Hill moved his division across the river. Seeing no enemy in front of me, and desiring to render as much service as possible, I ordered Captain Milledge to move his rifle guns east of the Mechanicsville road, to a point from which he could do the enemy most damage. (His report will show his operations in pursuance of this order.) At the same time, I ordered Captain Masters to place one of his guns on the ridge east of, and near, the Mechanicsville road, thinking it a very fine position from which to work upon one of the heavy batteries of the enemy, then pouring a terrific fire upon our troops; but, as the piece was being put in position, General Longstreet ordered Captain Masters to take it to a point lower down the river, which he thought was a better position. In moving the gun down, one of the wheels got into a deep rut, and could not be extricated until the next morning. At dawn on the next morning, twenty-seventh ultimo, General Lee ordered me to move my guns along the ridge on the south side of the Chickahominy, and do the best I could against the enemy on the opposite side. I therefore moved down the river with all of my guns except one of the four-pounder rifles of Captain Masters, and one smooth bore six-pounder and two twelve-pounder howitzers of Captain Milledge, (having no horses to move these guns,) and took a position on Watt's farm, and opened fire (I have reason to believe with good effect) upon the enemy with Captain Davidson's two three-inch rifles, Captain Milledge's three-inch rifle, and one of Captain Master's four-pounder rifles, and continued firing until ordered to cease by General Lee. About this time you came up, and I asked for further orders, requesting to be permitted to send to the rear the pieces that could not be used with effect; and having received your approval, I ordered Captain Ancell to take to our old camp (near the toll gate, on the Mechanicsville road) his battery, together with the three guns of Captain Milledge and the four-pounder rifle of Captain Masters, left near Ashton's house; and then, by your order, I proceeded down the river to Mrs. Christian's farm, without being able, however, to get a shot at the enemy. At this point, Captain Davidson handed me an order from Brigadier-General J. R. Anderson, requiring him to join his brigade at once ; and I, of course, relieved him from duty with me. I then joined you at the hospital on theNine-mile road, about a mile above Dr. Garnett's farm. You then ordered me to move the two four-pounder rifles of Captain Masters to that point, and you would have them placed in position. The guns being exceedingly heavy (weighing nearly four thousand pounds each) and the road very bad, it was with great difficulty that I succeeded in getting one of the guns (under Captain Ancell) to the point indicated by eight o'clock P. M., when all operations for the day seemed to have ceased, and you, I learned, had left the field. The other gun, under Captain Milledge, could not be brought down, and Captain Milledge informed me that you ordered him to take it to camp. The next day, June twenty-eighth, I succeeded in seeing you late in the afternoon, when you told me that I could confer with Colonel Lee (chief of artillery of General Magruder's division) as to the best position for the gun. Colonel Lee said that the gun could be of no service there at that time, but that he would let me know if it could be used the next day. The next day, June twenty-ninth, at an early hour, General Magruder's troops were moved out of their works, and I thought it best to have the gun taken to my camp, which I did. I received no further orders from you until Monday night, June thirtieth, when you ordered me to move the two four-pounder rifles at early dawn, the next morning, down the Darby road, in the direction of New Market, and you would select a position for them. This order I obeyed, halting on the Darby road where it is intersected by the New Market road, and reported to you through Captain Milledge, and received your order directing me to move down to a point near which you would endeavor to find a position for the guns, (Captain Milledge acting as guide.) We halted on the farm of a Mr. Fussell, when I reported to you in person, and you ordered me to bivouac for the night, as you were unable to find a suitable position for the guns. The next morning, I, by your order, returned to camp with the guns, as you thought they could not be used to advantage at all down there. In leaving my old camp on the Mechanicsville road, near the toll-gate, on the morning of the first instant, I ordered Captain Woolfolk, senior Captain, to take charge of and move the camp down on the Williamsburg road, near Fulton's Hill, you having ordered me to take a position more convenient to the scene of operations. It is, doubtless, proper to add, that two drivers and four horses from each of the batteries of Captains Ancell and Milledge had been, by General A. P. Hill's orders, sent to join Captain McIntosh's battery. One of these men, private Robinson, of Captain Milledge's company, was slightly wounded, and one of the horses sent from Captain Ancell's battery died. Before concluding, I beg leave to say that the soldierly bearing, energy, and general good conduct of the officers and men under my command afford me the liveliest gratification and satisfaction; and in awarding praise, I cannot discriminate in favor of some without doing injustice to
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