Number 167. Petersburg Campaign Report of Captain Greenleaf T. Stevens, Fifth Maine Battery, of operations June 12-July 10

   

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in Part 1 (Serial Number 80)

No. 167. Report of Captain Greenleaf T. Stevens, Fifth Maine Battery, of operations June 12-July 10.1

SEPTEMBER 16, 1864.*

V.

On the march across the Chickahominy nothing worthy of note occurred. June 16, ordered into position with the corps, covering the crossing of the army at the James. On the 18th went into position before Petersburg, and at once remodeled an old rifle-pit of the enemy, making it appropriate for artillery, and opened, expending eight shot and twenty-four spherical case. By direction of Colonel C. H. Tompkins, one section of the battery was withdrawn at night and moved some 900 yards to the front and placed in position on the right of the road running parallel with the Appomattox. Nearly the same operations were repeated here as at Cold Harbor. The guns were unlimbered and run

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*For portion of report [here omitted] covering operations from May 4 to June 9, 1864, see Vol. XXXVI, Part I, p.760.

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into position by hand, ammunition chests dismounted and sunk in the ground, and horses and limbers sent to the rear. On the 21st engaged the enemy, expending forty-two shot, forty-three spherical case. At this point First Lieutenant Charles O. Hunt was captured while looking out a position for his section.

June 29, marched with the corps to Reams’ Station, and on July 6 reported to General Getty, commanding Second Division, Sixth Corps, and went into position near the left of the line, and commenced operations on an unfinished redoubt. On the night of July 9 marched to City Point, and on the evening of the 10th embarked on the steamer Jefferson and sailed at 12 o’clock under orders to proceed to Washington and rejoin the corps.*

Most respectfully submitted.

G. T. STEVENS,

Captain, Commanding Fifth Battery Maine Volunteers.

Lieutenant E. N. WHITTIER,

Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, Artillery Brigade, Sixth Army Corps.

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*For continuation of report, see Vol. XXXVII, Part I, p.280.

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Source:

  1. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), pages 514-515

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