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OR XL P1 #105: Report of Captain Nelson Ames, Btty G 1st NY Lt Arty, June 12-July 30, 1864

Numbers 105. Report of Captain Nelson Ames, Battery G, First New York Light Artillery.1

HDQRS. BATTERY G, FIRST NEW YORK LIGHT ARTY., Camp Second Army Corps, near Petersburg, Va., August 8, 1864.



Moved from Cold Harbor on the 12th [June]; reached James River on the 13th, crossed on the 15th, and on the morning of the 16th marched toward Petersburg. Took part in the engagement of that day


*For portion of report (here omitted) covering operations from May 3 to June 12, 1864, see Vol. XXXVI, Part I, p. 523.


and evening, apparently doing good execution. Lay in reserve awaiting ammunition until the 18th. On the morning of the 19th took position within 300 yards of the enemy’s lines, from which position I had the satisfaction of disabling two pieces during the day. On the 21st was relieved by a Ninth Corps battery and moved to the left with the Second Corps. On the 27th moved to cover the rear of our army from an apprehended attack with the Second Division, Second Corps, returning on the 29th.

July 26, moved with the Second Corps to Jones’ Landing, on James River, crossed on the 27th; recrossed on the 29th and supported the Eighteenth Army Corps in the attack on Petersburg July 30, 1864; did not, however, take position.

During the campaign I have expended 2,532 rounds of ammunition. The list of casualties is comparatively small, consisting of 2 men killed and 9 wounded, 5 horses killed and 6 wounded.

The loss in material is very light indeed, the greater part of which has been made good by my artificers.

Again let me add that my officers and men are worthy of all praise.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Captain First New York Artillery, Commanding Company.

Lieutenant U. D. EDDY,

Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, Artillery Brigade, Second Corps.


  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 432-433
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