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[706] Miller, when he opened fire and continued in action until the close of the engagement at nightfall.

The section of twelve-pounder howitzers, under Lieutenants Hawes and De Russey, were brought forward at the same time, and assigned a position by General Toombs near his brigade. Here they opened on the enemy, at a distance of five hundred yards, and continued firing until the enemy was driven out of range. Lieutenant J. D. Britton was wounded in the arm, late in the evening, after making himself conspicuous, during the action, for his coolness and soldierly bearing. Captain Richardson, in his report, expresses himself entirely satisfied with the conduct of his officers, non-commissioned officers, and men; they behaved in such a manner as to reflect credit upon the “second,” and the corps of which they are a part. The “fourth,” under Eshleman, was not idle during this eventful day, when the battalion was so actively and effectively employed. About noon on the seventeenth, he was directed by General Jones, in front of whose position he was placed, to remove his battery to a position to guard the ford below the bridge held by General Toombs. The battery was placed in position between the Blackford House and the ford, and opened fire upon the enemy, who were crossing in force. A long-range battery of the enemy, on the opposite bank of the stream, opened upon and enfiladed his guns, and he was compelled to retire; not, however, before he had driven the enemy back from the ford. He then received orders from General D. R. Jones to hold the enemy in check, if possible, until the arrival of General A. P. Hill, whose division was near at hand. The enemy soon made another attempt to cross with infantry and cavalry. Captain Eshleman took a position nearer the ford, and, under cover of a hill which protected him from the enemy's battery, opened fire upon him with case and shell. At this juncture General Pender arrived, with a portion of General Hill's command,. and came to Eshleman's support. After driving the enemy back a second time, he kept up a moderate shelling of the woods near the ford till night, when he was ordered to retire and bivouac. Captain Eshleman pays his Lieutenants, Norcom, Battles, and Apps, a just compliment for their gallant conduct throughout the day, and especially during the steady and unflinching defence of the ford. His non-commissioned officers and men vied with their comrades of the “first,” “second,” and “third” companies, and added fresh laurels to the high standing of the corps. Captain Squiers, in the latter part of the day, succeeded in refilling the chests of the remaining section of his battery, and reported to General Toombs with his two three-inch rifles and a section each of the Maryland light artillery and Riley's battery, but his services were not then required. The enemy had been driven back at all points. The casualties in this engagement were four killed, twenty-eight wounded, and two missing. This closes the imperfect records, of the action of the several companies of the battalion of Washington artillery in the eventful battle before Sharpsburg, Maryland.

It is to be hoped the General commanding, under whose immediate eye we fought on both days, will find in it enough to satisfy him that, without the incentive of revenge for wrongs, the soldiers of Louisiana are ever among the foremost in the performance of patriotic duty to their country.

Always ready and ever watchful and zealous, Adjutant N. M. Owen has again placed me under obligation for services on the field. Frequently, in my capacity of chief of artillery, during the two days, had I occasion to send him to distant parts of the field, under the heaviest fire. Gallantly and unhesitatingly he executed every order. Color-Sergeant Montgomery, as at the battle of Manassas, served me as Aid, and was generally under fire during the engagements of the two days. He is a deserving and brave gentleman. Ordnance Sergeant Brazleman deserves special mention for his assiduity and unflagging devotion in supplying ammunition, and in the performance of all his duties. He, on this occasion, added to his well-established reputation of an intelligent, brave, and meritorious soldier.

I am, Major, very respectfully,

J. B. Walton, Colonel, commanding.


Report of Colonel Crutchfield of Second battle of Manassas.

headquarters artillery Second corps, March 14, 1863.
Colonel Charles J. Faulkner, Assistant Adjutant-General:
Colonel: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by the artillery of this army corps in the engagements known as the second battle of Manassas:

On the afternoon of Thursday our forces were so disposed that, Sudley Mills being to their left and front, the arc they formed presented a convex front toward the pike from Groveton to Centreville, along which the enemy advanced from Warrenton. About half past 4 P. M., I think, I received orders from General Jackson to move up the whole artillery force, which was then lying around Sudley Mills. This I proceeded to do, leaving five pieces of Captains Caskie's and Cutshaw's batteries on the opposite side of the Catharpin Run, in position to command the ford there, for the security of the wagon train. The batteries of Captains Wooding and Garber (each of four guns) got up first, and went into action, firing upon the columns of the enemy advancing along the Warrenton and Centreville road. The head of this column had already reached, if not passed, Groveton, and, wheeling off there to its left, formed line of battle perpendicular to the pike, and facing to the rear of their still marching column. This line then moving down, these two batteries were withdrawn, one by order of General Jackson, and the other by order of Brigadier-General Taliaferro. The other batteries did not get up in time to participate in the action before it became an engagement of infantry, just near the edge of the woods, under which circumstances


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