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[721] (three Napoleon guns and one three-inch rifle,) marched in the direction of the hill opposite to Rappahannock Station, which you had previously ordered should be occupied by these batteries. While en route, Major J. J. Garnett informed me that the infantry which was to support the artillery was late in forming, and ordered me to place the guns under cover until the support should arrive. Shortly after the brigade of General Evans came up and took position. In the mean time Lieutenant Chapman reported with a section of the Dixie artillery, composed of one Napoleon gun and one three-inch rifle. Major Garnett ordered me to place the batteries in line in rear of the hill, which, in your reconnoissance, you had determined should be occupied by the artillery, which was to form the right of the line of fire. The batteries were formed in line from right to left in the following order: First company Washington artillery, four three-inch rifle guns; Dixie artillery, one Napoleon gun and one three-inch rifle; Stribbling's battery, three Napoleon guns and one three-inch rifle. This had scarcely been accomplished when the signal was given from your position to “commence firing,” which was quickly responded to by the enemy. The combat was briskly carried on by the artillery directly in our front for half an hour, when the enemy placed a battery on the extreme left, and had partly succeeded in enfilading our batteries, when I withdrew the section of Lieutenant Galbraith, and directed him to engage the enemy on the left, in order to keep him from enfilading our position, which object Lieutenant G. accomplished under a heavy fire, and was partly forced from his first position, when Lieutenant Sandry, with a section of Captain Maurin's battery, reported, and was sent to assist Lieutenant G.--the four guns being placed under Lieutenant G., who managed to keep a heavy enfilading fire from the main batteries by the coolness and bravery with which he manoeuvred this battery. The fire on both sides now became general and rapid. The enemy placed more artillery in position, and for some time I thought I should have to retire; but the enemy soon slackened his fire, and it was evident he was worsted by the projectiles with which our artillerists assailed him. An officer now came from the right, and informed me that the infantry were preparing to charge, and to cease firing as soon as they appeared. I kept up the fire, returning shot for shot with the enemy, who appeared to be willing to give up the combat. Seeing this, and being informed that General Evans (commanding the infantry) was advancing to attack the enemy, I ordered the four (reserve) guns of Lieutenant Galbraith in position to engage the enemy's artillery and draw his attention while our troops were advancing. Our artillery now consisted of eight guns, viz.: One section of the Washington artillery and one section of Maurin's battery, Lieutenant E. Owen, of the Washington artillery, commanding; one section of the Washington artillery and one section of the Dixie artillery, Lieutenant Galbraith commanding. Captain Stribbling had expended all his ammunition, and I ordered him from the field to replenish. The firing was now briskly renewed on both sides, which lasted for twenty minutes. The enemy finally gave up his position, retired across the Rappahannock, and only replied occasionally to our fire, and in an hour after ceased firing altogether.

It is with pleasure I am enabled to speak of the gallantry with which Captain Stribbling, officers and men, behaved on this occasion. Lieutenant Chapman, with his section of the Dixie artillery, behaved with great coolness, and handled his guns with effect. To Lieutenants E. Owen, J. M. Galbraith, and those under their command, I would especially call your attention. Both officers commanded full batteries, and handled them with the coolness, bravery, and good judgment which has so often on previous occasions won the confidence of their men. Sergeants T. T. Aby, C. L. C. Duprey, and L. M. Montgomery rendered me efficient service. The latter, on previous occasions, has placed me under many obligations for his voluntary services.


First Company Battalion Washington Artillery. Killed: Privates W. Chambers, R. T. Marshall, J. Reddington, and H. Koss--4. Wounded: Corporal W. H. West, privates John R. Fell, T. T. Turner, M. Mount, and W. R. Falconer.--5.

Dixie Artillery. Wounded: Privates John Eddins, Westley Pence, John Knight, and Daniel Martin--4.

Stribbling's Battery. Wounded Lieutenant Archer and one private--2.

Total, 4 killed and 8 wounded.

 Horses killed.Wounded.
First Company Bat. Washington Artillery,11
Stribbling's Battery,40
Dixie Battery,10

One three-inch rifle gun exploded during action. The batteries were engaged from about seven o'clock A. M., to eleven o'clock A. M., and expended the following ammunition:

First Company Washington Artillery,400
Section of Dixie Artillery,299
Section of Maurin's Artillery,119
Stribbling's Artillery,354
Leake's Artillery, (one gun,)10
Total number of rounds,1,182

Captain Leake reported after the enemy had retired with one rifle and three smooth-bore guns. He sustained no loss. About two o'clock P. M., Major Garnett rode up, and requested me to send four rifle guns to Colonel S. D. Lee, who was on the right near the Central Railroad. For this purpose I detached Lieutenant Owen with one section of the Washington artillery and one section of Maurin's battery. In obedience to your

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