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Deep Bottom (Virginia, United States) (search for this): article 3
North side of the James. In Camp, North Side of the James,August 13 1864. To the Editor of the Richmond Dispatch: Preparations have been actively made for the last few days to open a mortar battery upon the enemy's pontoon bridge near Deep Bottom, and it was announced everything would be in Readin by 10 A. M. Our four guns (Third Richmond Howitzers) were posted on New Market Heights where we have been on picket for the past week. The ten-in mortars were sunk a short distance in front with never a cloud upon the horizon, and for a time an unusual quietude prevailed; though during the night the tramp of Federal soldiery crossing the pontoon bridges was distinctly heard. The enemy have a pontoon bridge above, and one below, Deep Bottom; therefore, to appear on our right, they are compelled to cross the upper pontoon, not being able to move to our left without re-crossing the James or passing immediately in front of our batteries on New Market Hill. A splendid brass band
— brigades. The morning dawned with never a cloud upon the horizon, and for a time an unusual quietude prevailed; though during the night the tramp of Federal soldiery crossing the pontoon bridges was distinctly heard. The enemy have a pontoon bridge above, and one below, Deep Bottom; therefore, to appear on our right, they are compelled to cross the upper pontoon, not being able to move to our left without re-crossing the James or passing immediately in front of our batteries on New Market Hill. A splendid brass band on our right strikes up that holy hymn of ancient days, "Old Hundred." Clearly through the calm Sabbath morning's air comes the soft melody of that Heaven-born hymn; and as those notes rise higher and higher yet upon the morning breeze, they seem carrying an invocation upward to the Throne of Grace to aid us in the coming struggle. Hark! the scene changes; a short distance to our right, the sharp, ringing notes of the skirmisher's rifle warns us of danger ahead —
s were placed, to be used as mortars. Near the village of New Market, and several hundred yards to the left and front of the sea-coast howitzers, a section of Major Starke's Local Defence Artillery (Parrots) were posted as a protection to the-front and left of the mortar howitzers. Our main line of entrenchments were only a shorars at 3 P. M., and the great, huge shells were sent whirling over towards the enemy's line, causing no little confusion in their camps. The mortar howitzers and Starke's Parrot guns joined in the fracas. Pretty soon a gunboat came steaming down the river, and leisurely "heaving to," commenced an accurate fire upon our linesll back to the entrenchments running across New Market Heights. There being no horses to the battery, it was impossible to save it, and for a time we thought Starke's Parrots would " go up;" but finally succeeded in getting them on the hill. Far away in our front we could plainly see the enemy moving heavy columns of inf
Colonel, badly bruising him. "The division lost at least three hundred men in the engagement. The First and Third divisions, which were in support, lost about two hundred and fifty men from the effects of the rebel artillery." In referring to the shelling on Saturday, the 13th, the Inquirer says: "The Agawam, (gunboat), while engaging a rebel battery, received a shell, which exploded, killing three men and wounding eight others." The "rebel battery" was a "section" of Hurt's battery, McIntosh's battalion, Lieutenant Ferrell commanding. Towards night the enemy charged our skirmish line on the right with a heavy line of battle, but were held in cheek. Our Toss to-day was one man: private E. N. Mahoney, wounded in the arm. Several others were struck but not disabled, among whom was Corporal S--. His "suspender." was cut in two by a shell. After dark our right section returned to the "heights," we having been reinforced by the remaining companies of our
ver a hill and down into a ravine, where they came to a swamp with a stream (Bailey's run) on the other side; the ground covered with impenetrable brush on the margin. "During all this time they were exposed to a heavy fire from the rebel artillery, which did a great deal of damage. It was found impossible to cross the ravine, and the men were halted and lay concealed as well as possible until dark, when they were withdrawn. Colonel Marcy had his horse shot under him, and mounting General Barlow's horse, the animal became unmanageable and fell on the Colonel, badly bruising him. "The division lost at least three hundred men in the engagement. The First and Third divisions, which were in support, lost about two hundred and fifty men from the effects of the rebel artillery." In referring to the shelling on Saturday, the 13th, the Inquirer says: "The Agawam, (gunboat), while engaging a rebel battery, received a shell, which exploded, killing three men and wounding
moment too soon did it arrive on the left, for the enemy were pressing us closely. Going into position at the Fussel House, near where the Darbytown road crosses Bailey's run, this section opened a destructive fire upon a column of the advancing enemy, and broke them at the first round. Five Yankee batteries replied, but our boy was drawn up in line of battle beyond where Hancock captured the four guns two weeks ago. (This would bring the Yankee line just where the Darbytown road crosses Bailey's run, near Fussel's mill.) Here the First brigade, under Colonel Marcy, took the lead and charged across a corn- field, over a hill and down into a ravine, where they came to a swamp with a stream (Bailey's run) on the other side; the ground covered with impenetrable brush on the margin. "During all this time they were exposed to a heavy fire from the rebel artillery, which did a great deal of damage. It was found impossible to cross the ravine, and the men were halted and lay conce
R. A. Hardaway (search for this): article 3
talion, Lieutenant Ferrell commanding. Towards night the enemy charged our skirmish line on the right with a heavy line of battle, but were held in cheek. Our Toss to-day was one man: private E. N. Mahoney, wounded in the arm. Several others were struck but not disabled, among whom was Corporal S--. His "suspender." was cut in two by a shell. After dark our right section returned to the "heights," we having been reinforced by the remaining companies of our battalion, Lieutenant-Colonel R. A. Hardaway commanding. August 15th."All quiet to-day save occasional picket skirmishing. August 16th.--The enemy charged on our left, in front of Wright's brigade, and for a time held possession of our works; but they were finally driven out with great slaughter, the poor deluded black being the chief sufferer. In our front the fighting amounted to nothing more than very heavy skirmishing and an extremely unpleasant shelling from land batteries, gunboats, &c. At one time during
Jane Wright (search for this): article 3
Our Toss to-day was one man: private E. N. Mahoney, wounded in the arm. Several others were struck but not disabled, among whom was Corporal S--. His "suspender." was cut in two by a shell. After dark our right section returned to the "heights," we having been reinforced by the remaining companies of our battalion, Lieutenant-Colonel R. A. Hardaway commanding. August 15th."All quiet to-day save occasional picket skirmishing. August 16th.--The enemy charged on our left, in front of Wright's brigade, and for a time held possession of our works; but they were finally driven out with great slaughter, the poor deluded black being the chief sufferer. In our front the fighting amounted to nothing more than very heavy skirmishing and an extremely unpleasant shelling from land batteries, gunboats, &c. At one time during the day it became necessary to move one of our guns some distance "by hand" and in the very teeth of the enemy; This was done under a terrible musketry fire, during
uising him. "The division lost at least three hundred men in the engagement. The First and Third divisions, which were in support, lost about two hundred and fifty men from the effects of the rebel artillery." In referring to the shelling on Saturday, the 13th, the Inquirer says: "The Agawam, (gunboat), while engaging a rebel battery, received a shell, which exploded, killing three men and wounding eight others." The "rebel battery" was a "section" of Hurt's battery, McIntosh's battalion, Lieutenant Ferrell commanding. Towards night the enemy charged our skirmish line on the right with a heavy line of battle, but were held in cheek. Our Toss to-day was one man: private E. N. Mahoney, wounded in the arm. Several others were struck but not disabled, among whom was Corporal S--. His "suspender." was cut in two by a shell. After dark our right section returned to the "heights," we having been reinforced by the remaining companies of our battalion, Lieuten
M. H. Gardner (search for this): article 3
d for a time held possession of our works; but they were finally driven out with great slaughter, the poor deluded black being the chief sufferer. In our front the fighting amounted to nothing more than very heavy skirmishing and an extremely unpleasant shelling from land batteries, gunboats, &c. At one time during the day it became necessary to move one of our guns some distance "by hand" and in the very teeth of the enemy; This was done under a terrible musketry fire, during which privates M. H. Gardner and William M. Mann fell, both painfully wounded. August 17th--All quiet to-day. August 18th--Our troops on the left made a reconnaissance in force, the which amounted to finding the enemy still in force and strongly entrenched. --Shelling and skirmishing passed up and down the lines, but none of our company were hurt. August 19th and 20th.--Our skirmishers have become quite amicable with the enemy's sharpshooters, and everything is quiet. Sunday, August 21st.--Th
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