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[569] the right. The caissons were left behind some distance, there not being room to station them in rear of their pieces. After firing about half an hour, one of my pieces, becoming unserviceable from enlargement of the vent, was sent to the rear. The other continued its fire until the enemy's skirmishers approached within two hundred yards, and, having exhausted the ammunition in the limber chest, it was ordered back to its caisson and the chest refilled. By the direction of General Jackson, it was afterward posted in the field on the right of the road. My twelve-pounder was also brought forward. In conjunction with Captain Carpenter's gun and one of Lieutenant Mark's, a rapid fire was opened on the enemy's battery, by which several of their guns were silenced and compelled to leave the field. The enemy's infantry were now advancing through the cornfield in front, and I felt confident we could be able to drive them back, having been reenforced by a battery of four guns. At this juncture our own infantry advanced, surrounding the guns, and thus causing them to cease firing. No position could be gotten afterward without danger to our own infantry.

About nine o'clock P. M. the battery joined the brigade, and that night slept on the battle-field.

In this engagement, I am happy to report no serious casualties — only one man wounded — Robert Vanpelt, slightly in left arm. Several others received very slight bruises from pieces of shell.

It gives me pleasure to state that the conduct of all the men and officers, without exception, was most admirable. At the most trying moment, when our gallant and esteemed brigade commander. and the chief of artillery were cut down in their midst, they retained their accustomed self-possession, and nobly stood by their pieces. Even those two or three who, in a former engagement, behaved in an unsoldierly manner, now acted well and bravely, as if determined to wipe out all traces of their previous conduct.

Very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

Wm. T. Poague, Captain Rockbridge Artillery.


Report of Captain D'aquin.

Camp wheat, August 14, 1862.
The following is a report of the behavior of the officers and men of the Louisiana Guard artillery in the engagement of the ninth instant:

The behavior of both officers and men of this command in the battle of the ninth, was such as might be expected of men fighting for their homes and liberties. It would be doing injustice to the others to mention any one for better behavior. All seemed to have always been under fire; they behaved like veterans, although this was their first engagement. Besides, there was no opportunity for individual distinction. There were none absent without leave, nor could I have made them leave, even if I had ordered it.

L. E. D'Aquin, Captain.


Report of Captain Carpenter.

headquarters Carpenter's battery, in camp near Gordonsville, August 14, 1862.
To Colonel Ronald, commanding First Brigade, V. D.:
sir: In obedience to circular issued from headquarters Valley District, on the thirteenth instant, I have to make the following report of the part taken by this battery in the action of Cedar Run, on the ninth day of August, 1862. I received orders early in the afternoon to take my Parrott piece to the front, which was promptly executed, placing it in position within seven hundred yards of five or six pieces of the enemy. Major Andrews, thinking it would be rather an unequal contest, ordered me not to commence firing until Captain Poague could bring his in position, when we commenced firing, which was soon returned most vigorously; but a short time sufficed to force them back some three hundred yards, when we advanced about half that distance, where we kept up firing until their infantry, who attempted to flank us, were within one hundred and fifty or two hundred yards of us, and our infantry falling back past us. Moving to the right some two hundred yards, came into position again. The infantry still falling back, I again limbered up, and, from carelessness of the drivers, broke the pole, when with difficulty got the piece off, leaving the limber on the field, which I had repaired as soon as the Yankees were driven back, being ready for service by nine o'clock. The other three pieces were brought up under range of the enemy's guns, but not ordered into position. The detachment which was engaged deserves particular notice as having done their duty. Some two or three of them, having exhausted themselves so, felt unable to do anything. Sending word back to the Captain, he started to bring me a new detachment, when he was wounded in the forehead. W. M. McAllister, (private,) shot through the arm, the only man wounded. I also have to report private William J. Winn as having left the company that morning without leave, and not being seen till the next day, which he has been in the habit of doing.

J. C. Carpenter, Lieutenant, commanding Battery.

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