Number 151. Appomattox Report of Captain Crawford Allen, jr., Battery H, First Rhode Island Light Artillery



in Appomattox Campaign Reports (95)

No. 151. Report of Captain Crawford Allen, jr., Battery H, First Rhode Island Light Artillery.1

Burke’s Station, Va., April 16, 1865.

COLONEL: I have the honor to make the following report of the part taken by my battery during the recent battles between April 1 and 13, 1865:

On the evening of April 1 I received orders to join the First Division of the Sixth Corps, which I did at 12 p.m. of that day. At 4.30 a.m.

April 2 I moved forward with the division, and, after crossing the rifle-pits, opened upon a section of artillery which had a flank fire on our infantry. They were soon driven out, when I ceased firing, moved to the left, bringing up my caissons, and waited further orders. I then moved the battery forward with the skirmish line, and was soon engaged with one of the enemy’s batteries. This battery soon had to leave its position. I followed it up until I arrived at Whitworth’s house, where I went into position, the enemy placing a rifle battery in position on my left and obtaining an enfilade fire upon my battery at 1,700 yards, “being beyond my extreme range.” I was ordered by Brevet Major Cowan to withdraw my guns, and went into park in rear of First Division headquarters for the night. In this day’s action I lost 4 men killed and 9 wounded; also 10 horses killed. On April 6 I went into action at Sailor’s Run, remaining half an hour; no casualties.

From April 1 to 13 I have fired 685 rounds of ammunition.

I have the honor to recommend to your especial notice First Lieutenant W. M. Knight and Second Lieutenant A. B. Horton, for their coolness and gallantry on the 2nd of April.

I remain, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Captain, First Rhode Island Light Artillery, Commanding Battery H.

Assistant Adjutant-General, First Division, Sixth Corps.


  1. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), pp. 1013-1014


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