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he General-in-Chief, while Gen. Hancock sat at his right. In their rear were Sedgwick, Warren, Sheridan, and a numerous array of staff officers. The signal is given. The music strikes up, and the f for duty. March 7. Private Wm. H. Fitzpatrick appointed Q. M. Serg't March 3, 1864. Privates Jos. Sheridan, M. Campbell, Judson Stevens, and Chas. Thompson reported to quarters. Artificer D. R. Stowell on furlough of 10 days. March 8. Privates Jos. Sheridan, F. Mins, and A. E. Wright reported to duty. Wm. Rawson and Geo. W. Stetson reported to quarters. One mule received from Capt. E. Jammation of bowels. March 11. Privates L. W. Adams and Judson Stevens reported for duty. Jos. Sheridan and R. C. Wright to quarters. Private Charles Slack went on 10 days furlough. March 12. d for duty. James Peach, M. M. Pierce and Asa Richardson reported to quarters. March 24. Jos. Sheridan sent to General Hospital, Washington. March 25. Corp'l B. C. Clark and H. B. Beals repor
orward about four miles through the woods, advancing in part by means of a road cut by the pioneers. This forward movement was one in which all the corps participated, and was made with a view of developing the Rebel position. Our march was directed from Hawes' Shop, or Store, towards Hanover Court House. Gen. Meade's order of May 29. Hawes' Shop was an important junction of several roads, and was contended for most manfully on the 28th instant by three brigades of Union cavalry, under Sheridan, pitted against that of the enemy commanded by Fitz-Hugh Lee and Wade Hampton, with the result in our favor. The scarred trees and Rebel dead that lay yet unburied along our path attested in some degree the severity of the fighting. The Union loss in this battle was upwards of four hundred men, that of the enemy nearly twice as many. There had been some skirmishing as our column advanced, and about four miles from its starting point a halt was ordered, and the prospects indicated
generally supposed at the time, designed as a feint to draw troops away from the Rebel lines before Petersburg,—although it had that appearance and that result,—but to prevent Lee from sending reinforcements to the north side of the James, while Sheridan operated towards Richmond, the defences of which were thought to be so sparsely occupied as to be open to a surprise. To accomplish this end, we gather from Hancock's report, the latter was instructed to take and hold a position near Chapin's Bons of my corps, Mott's division had been ordered to report to Gen. Ord, the day before. Barge's brigade of the Tenth Corps, This corps was now commanded by Gen. Birney, who had been promoted from the Second to that position, July 11. and Sheridan's cavalry. Having attracted to my front so large a portion of Lee's army, Lieut. Gen. Grant thought it a favorable time to assault at Petersburg, and I was therefore instructed to proceed to that place with the remainder of my command. Soon a
falling tree and sent to hospital. D. D. Adams returned from brigade hospital. Notice received of E. A. Friend's furlough, Aug. 19, and Hugh Killoran's Aug. 21, each 20 days. Sept. 12. R. G. Gilley returned to duty from Art'y Brigade Headquarters. B. G. Hooper returned from brigade hospital. Sept. 14. J. B. Sulham returned from brigade hospital. E. J. Wilson carried along as on detached service. Sept. 15. One horse died—Glanders. Serg't C. Gould sent to Brigade Hospital. Joseph Sheridan returned front hospital. Sept. 16. One horse died—Glanders. Hiram Warburton sent to brigade hospital. Sept. 17. Capt. Sleeper's leave extended 30 days. Notice received of J. M. Ramsdell's transfer to general hospital Sept. 4, 1864. Sept. 18. H. Warburton returned from brigade hospital. John F. Sullivan, private Co. I, 4th N. Y. H. Art'y, 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd A. C. detached to this Battery as bugler per Special Order No. 237 Headquarters 2nd Corps. Private Geo. K. Pu
ad just south of where it meets the White Oak Road, and wheel to the right into a field, unlimbering near a barn. The topography of the map of this battle was taken from Michler's U. S. map, and the location of troops mainly from a map sketched by Col. Morgan, then Hancock's chief-of-staff, now deceased. We are opposite the entrance of the White Map of Boydton Plank Road, or Hatcher's Run battlefield, October 27, 1864 Oak Road, along which the right of Lee's line afterwards ran when Sheridan fought so famously for Five Forks. On the corner of it and the Plank Road stands (or stood) an unpretentious woodcol-ored hostelry, known as Burgess' Tavern or house. But these particulars in the landscape were noted afterwards. Now, other business is in hand. We at once join battle with the enemy's batteries posted across the Run near Burgess' Mill. Hancock, a synopsis of whose official report is included in this chapter, says the enemy had nine guns confronting us at this point, an
ttles he was commended by his superior officers for bravery under all circumstances and for efficient service in carrying orders and acting with great coolness under heavy fire. He was also commended by the chief of artillery for similar services at the battles of Second Bull Run, Crampton Pass and Antietam. His service was then with the First Battery from October, 1862, till October, 1864, when its term expired. In September, 1864, he was recommended for the command of a battery by generals Sheridan, H. G. Wright (commander of Sixth Corps), James B. Ricketts, David A. Russell, and Albion P. Howe (who wrote of their personal knowledge of his services in their divisions), by Gen. George H. Getty, and Col. Tompkins, Chief of Artillery, Sixth Corps. He received a commission in the Fourth Mass. Heavy Artillery but declined it as the regiment was in the defences of Washington and he preferred active service, but accepted a commission later as second lieutenant in the Tenth it the reque
mors were abundant and of a varied nature. First, Sheridan had been nearly surrounded, driven back, and badlyrder that the enemy should not concentrate against Sheridan. Some apprehensions filled my mind lest the eis lines during the night, and by falling upon General Sheridan before assistance could reach him, drive him ft had been our pursuit that at Sailor's Creek (not Sheridan's battle of Sailor's Creek, for that was fought bewo miles away from Gen. Humphreys' troops, With Gen. Sheridan in Lee's Last Campaign.) a short, sharp contest mns were being harassed at some point of contact. Sheridan's men were everywhere, apparently, but really on hg back towards Farmville for safe-keeping. With Gen. Sheridan in Lee's Last Campaign. As the artillery was mars, the time for parleying with him had passed, for Sheridan, followed by Ord's Army of the James and Fifth Corranks that had supported him so gallantly. With Gen. Sheridan in Lee's Last Campaign. Morning reports. 18
vice. Rising, Justus J.,26Barre,Jan. 5, 1864,June 9, 1865, expiration of service. Rooney, Francis,27N. BridgewaterSept. 8, 1864,June 9, 1865, expiration of service. Roundy, William S., 21Marblehead,Sept. 9, 1862,June 9, 1865, expiration of service. Sanderson, Joseph F.18Barre,Jan. 4, 1864,June 9, 1865, expiration of service. Sawyer, Michael,21E. Boston,Sept. 9, 1862,June 9, 1865, expiration of service. Schwartz, James L.,18Charlestown,Jan. 4, 1864,June 9, 1865, expiration of service. Sheridan, Joseph,43Barre,Dec. 29, 1863,June 9, 1865, expiration of service. Slack, Charles,30Charlestown,Sept. 9, 1862,June 9, 1865, expiration of service. Smith, Albert W.,20Charlestown,Jan. 5, 1864,June 9, 1865, expiration of service. Smith, George A.,22Marblehead,Sept. 9, 1862,Prisoner Aug. 25, 1864. June 9, 1865, exp. of service. Smith, James D.,18Rutland,Sept. 9, 1862,June 9, 1865, expiration of service. Smith, Thomas,39Dennis, Jan. 14, 1864,June 9, 1865, expiration of service. Snelling,
Aug. 23, 1906 Redfield, Timothy G.——, 1865 Reed, Joshua T.Aug. 21, 1886 Riley, JohnDec. 25, 1874 Rollins, Lieut. William E.Nov. 15, 1901. Rice, Albert E.Nov. 15, 1902 Rising, Justus J.Mar. 31, 1906 Richardson, Asa F.Feb. 18, 1908 Sleeper, Maj. J. HenryAug. 10, 1891 Smith, Lieut. AsaOct. 28, 1864 Smith, James D.Mar. 28, 1880 Smith, Albert W.Nov. 2, 1896 Smith, George A.June 24, 1906 Spooner, Albert B.Aug. 20, 1864 Stevens, JudsonAug. 30, 1864 Stevens, John HenryFeb. 18, 1897 Sheridan, JosephMar. 23, 1873 Southworth, Alvah F.Feb. 10, 1869 Strand, Thomas W.Jan. 16, 1897 Slack, CharlesJune 27, 1908 Starkweather, William H.——– Thresher, Elbridge D.April 26, 1865 Trefry, William A.Aug. 31, 1865 Terbriggen, Peter A.April 19, 1883 Thompson, AlvinJuly 2, 1897 Thompson, Charles D.July 2, 1897 Townsend, Lieut. George M.Jan. 1, 1907 Temple, Lyman W.Jan. 7, 1902 Woodfin, Lieut. Philip T.Aug. 24, 1901 Ward, FranklinSept. 20, 1863 Whiting, Edwin S.July 8, 1865 Wh
ussell, Gen. D. A., 159. Roundy, W. S., 80, 400. Rugg, Lieut. Col., 331, 374. Rucker, Col., 81. S. Sanderson, Jos. F., 207, 350. Sanitary Commission, 293. Sandy Hook, 91, 94. Sawyer, Michael, 202, 242. Savory, Peter, Jr., 28, 29. Saloon, Cooper Shop, 34. Saloon, Phila. Union Volunteer Saloon, Refreshment, 34, 433. Salisbury, 325, 326. Sedgwick, Gen., John, 101, 107, 130, 156, 189, 193, 194, 233. Schwartz, James L., 202, 203, 204, 205 207, 350, 399, 405, 441. Sheridan, Joseph, 205, 206, 349. Sheridan, Gen., Phil, 194, 357, 379, 413, 417, 418, 421. Sherman, Gen. W. T., 94, 228, 395, 431. Shattuck, Andrew B., 31, 83, 86, 87, 151. Sickles, Gen. D. E., 101, 144, 190. Slack, Charles, 42, 48, 115, 183, 205, 206, 207, 407, 408. Sleeper, Capt., J. Henry, 27, 28, 29, 31, 45, 60, 61, 65, 66, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 101, 117, 126, 132, 138, 147, 149, 151, 154, 155, 193, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 204, 205, 208, 212, 253, 260, 302, 305, 314, 324, 348, 349, 351,