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[704] took position on the left of the Conrad house, and fired into the enemy until directed to cease by General Stuart, his object having been accomplished.

The remaining section of the battery, under Lieutenant Battles, was then ordered by Captain Eshleman across the Sudley road, firing, as it advanced, into the retreating enemy. At this time Captain Eshleman's only support was one company of sixty men of General Jenkins's sharpshooters, under Captain Lee. After a short interval, the enemy again appeared in force near the edge of the wood. Captain E. immediately changed his front to the left, and poured into the enemy's ranks two rounds of canister, with deadly effect. Those not killed or wounded ran in disorder. After throwing a few shells into the woods, Captain E. retired about two hundred yards to the rear, being unwilling to risk his section with such a meagre support.

In a few minutes an order was brought from General Stuart directing the section to be brought again to the vicinity of the Conrad house. It was now dark, and Captain E. kept up, from this last position, a moderate fire until nine o'clock, in the direction of the Centreville road, when he was directed to retire, with Lieutenant Norcom's section, that had joined him on the field, and rest his men.

Captain Eshleman, in his report, applauds highly the conduct of his officers, non-commissioned officers, and men, to whose coolness and judgment he was indebted for the rapid evolutions of his battery and precision of his fire.

The next day, August thirty-one, 1862, Lieutenant Owen, with two guns of the First company, accompanied General Stuart, commanding cavalry, in pursuit of the enemy to and beyond Germantown. They came up with the enemy at several points, driving him ahead of them and capturing five hundred prisoners.

Captain Squiers, on the same day, with one gun, accompanied Colonel Rosser to Manassas, going in rear of the enemy, capturing a large amount of stores, (quartermasters' and surgical,) ambulances, horses, &c.

My casualties in this battle were one killed, private H. N. White, of second company, and nine wounded.

Thus ended the operations of this battalion in this great second battle of Manassas, fought almost on the same ground and in sight of the field where our guns first pealed forth a little more than a year before.

I have the satisfaction, in conclusion, to say, that all the officers and men gave, in this important battle, renewed evidence of their devotion, judgment, and cool bravery, in most trying positions. No eulogy of mine can add to the reputation they so worthily enjoy, earned upon bloody fields.

I am under obligations to Lieutenant W. M. Owen, my always devoted and brave Adjutant, for distinguished services under fire, and to Color-Sergeant Montgomery, whom I detailed to assist me on the several days, for cool bravery and gallant deportment in carrying orders in face of the enemy, during the first and second days.

I have the honor to be,

Your obedient servant,

J. B. Walton, Colonel, commanding.


Report of Colonel Walton of battle of Sharpsburg.

headquarters battalion Washington artillery, December 4, 1852.
To Major G. M. Sorrell, A. A. General Right Wing Army of Northern Virginia:
Major: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by the several batteries composing the battalion of Washington artillery, under my command, in the engagements before Sharpsburg, Maryland, on the sixteenth and seventeenth September last:

On the fifteenth September, 1862, the battalion attached to the right wing of the Army of Northern Virginia reached Sharpsburg, Maryland. Here a line of battle was formed, with the Antietam in our front, where the forces under Generals Lee and Longstreet awaited the approach of McClellan's army.

The four companies of this battalion were posted on the line as follows: the first company, Captain C. W. Squiers, Lieutenants E. Owen, Galbraith, and Brown, with two three-inch rifles, and two ten-pounder Parrott guns, on the right of the turnpike, running through the centre and to the front of the town; the third company, Captain M. B. Miller, Lieutenants McElroy and Hero, with four twelve-pounder Napoleons, to the right of Captain Squiers; to the right of Captain Miller, across a ravine and in an orchard in front of General D. R. Jones's position, were placed the second company, Captain J. B. Richardson, Lieutenants Hawes, Britton, and De Russey, with two Napoleons and two twelve-pounder howitzers; and the fourth company, Captain B. F. Eshleman, Lieutenants Norcom, Battles, and Apps, with two six-pounder bronze guns and two twelve-pounder howitzers.

During the afternoon, the enemy made his appearance across the Antietam, and opened upon our lines with his long-range batteries. We did not reply, our guns not being able to reach his position.

The next morning, (sixteenth,) the enemy having planted some batteries nearer our position, and becoming annoying, I ordered the batteries to open all along our line, and engaged him in an artillery duel. This commenced at eleven o'clock A. M., and ended at twenty minutes to twelve, a period of forty minutes; some of his batteries were silenced, others we could not reach; and having no ammunition to spare, we ceased firing, by order of General Longstreet, and drew the guns under cover of the hill.

Captain Squiers's battery of rifles was the only one of the battalion engaged in this conflict. Shortly after this, firing ceased. Captain Richardson, having been placed in a position to watch the bridge on the Antietam, in front of General


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