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OR XL P1 #170: Report of Captain Andrew Cowan, 1st NY Btty, June 13-July 12, 1864

No. 170. Report of Captain Andrew Cowan, First New York Battery, of operations June 13-July 12.1


SIR: +


The battery marched with the brigade at 1.30 a.m. June 13; crossed the Chickahominy at Jones’ Bridge at 5 p.m. the same day. The day


+For portion of report [here omitted] covering operations from May 4 to June 12, 1864, see Vol. XXXVI, Part I, p.764.


following marched in the same manner to beyond Charles City Court-House. June 15, reported to General Ricketts and was placed in position near the James River. June 16, changed position to near Wilcox’s house, where I intrenched. Moved to James River at 5.30 p.m. and crossed the James on pontoon bridge at 6.45 p.m. and marched in direction of Petersburg. June 18, placed the guns in Battery No. 5, where I remained till June 21, engaging the rebel batteries beyond the Appomattox on the 18th, 19th, and 20th. June 21, moved with the corps to the left on the Jerusalem plank road. Marched with the brigade June 29 to Reams’ Station, and returned to camp July 2. July 9, marched to City Point and embarked on steamers Disney and Star the 11th; arrived in Washington at noon July 12, and marched to Crystal Spring.*

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Captain First New York Independent Battery.

Lieutenant E. N. WHITTIER,

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


*For continuation of report, see Vol. XXXVII, Part I, p.280. The beginning of that part of the report published in Vol. XXXVII is incorrectly printed. It should read-Arrived in Washington at noon July 12, and marched to Crystal Spring.



  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 516-517
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