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 a large white oak gate-post which obstructed our movements and in full view of the enemy. Under a severe infantry-fire he wielded his axe as lustily and effectually as if no danger was near him. Corporal William L. Strickler, thinking that Whitt had chopped long enough, volunteered, and took the axe and finished the job. Both men covered themselves with glory, and escaped without a wound. The battery encamped five miles below (north of) Winchester. It turned into the ordnance department its one Tredegar iron eight-pounder rifle, and received instead of it one ten-pounder parrot rifle. On the 28th, went with the First, the ‘Stonewall Brigade,’ to Charlestown, in Jefferson county, where the enemy was encountered; and thence down to Harper's Ferry. On the 31st returned up the Valley-passing Winchester that day. The battery was engaged on the 2d of June in a skirmish with the enemy near Woodstock. It reached Port Republic the 6th of June. On the 8th, from the western bank of the Shenandoah river, it engaged General Shields' forces, which were on the east of it. On the 9th, crossed North river near its mouth, on a bridge, and within a few hundred yards of this bridge crossed South river, just above where these two rivers meet and form the Shenandoah. Here the battery was hotly engaged in the battle, in which General Shields' troops were defeated. The loss in the whole brigade was considerable. Here Lieutenant Davis and three men were wounded, and one six-pounder brass field-gun was lost. On the 12th, by order of the chief of artillery, two of its parrot guns were sent to Richmond to be ‘bushed.’ On the 16th, the battery was ordered by General Jackson to Staunton, to refit and recruit. On the 19th it set out for Richmond, and reached the vicinity of Cold Harbor on the 27th, but was not engaged in the battle at that place; on the 28th and 29th it bivouacked on the battle-field. Here it received one of the ten-pounder parrots which had been sent off on the 12th for repairs, and it exchanged its twelve-pounder Howitzer for a Napoleon gun. It removed to the vicinity of White Oak, and was there on June 30th, when the pay-roll was made off, which reports four guns only as belonging then to the battery. Dr. Douglass was acting surgeon in the battery in June, but his name does not appear on the roll. The roll made off as of June 30th, notes the following changes since the last preceding muster, to-wit: Sergeant John L. Massie, commissioned lieutenant in Confederate States army, March 10, 1862.
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