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[473] reception, it was furloughed one week, and mustered out of service Sept. 2, by Captain I. R. Lawrence.

There was but one light battery raised for the nine months service. It was recruited by Major Edward J. Jones, of Boston, in a very short time, at Readville Camp, without expense to the Commonwealth. Major Jones was commissioned captain.

It was mustered into service Aug. 25, 1862, at Readville, where it remained until Oct. 3, when it was ordered to proceed to Washington, and report for orders to the Adjutant-General of the United States. The battery was assigned to General Casey's division, and was sent to ‘Camp Barry,’ near Bladensburg Tollgate, D. C. Nov. 19, it was ordered to Hall's Hill, Va., where it was attached to General Abercrombie's command. On the 27th, it was ordered to report to Colonel Randall, Third Vermont Brigade, for active service in the field; the brigade being at that time near Fort Lyons, under orders to march to Fairfax Station and Union Mills, to which it advanced the next day, occupying Wolf Run Shoals, Blackburn's Ford, and picketing the line to Centreville. Colonel Randall was soon relieved from this command by Colonel D'Utassy. The brigade having no cavalry, the command was frequently detailed to act as scouts; and, in connection with the Keystone Battery, several reconnoissances were made to Gainesville, Manassas, and in the direction of Warrington, both batteries being mounted and acting as cavalry.

Feb. 1, 1863, Colonel D'Utassy was relieved by General Alexander Hays, and several regiments of infantry were added to the command, and the picket line considerably extended and strengthened, and the command assigned to garrison duty in two principal forts on Centreville heights.

The battery continued on picket and scouting duty until April 18, when the command was ordered to report to Colonel Sickles commanding the division of Pennsylvania Reserves, at Forts Ramsey and Buffalo, at Upton's Hill, Va., where it remained in garrison until May 23, when, the term of service having expired, the battery was ordered to report to Brigadier-General Barry at Washington. It started for Boston, where it

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