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OR XL P1 #291: Report of Captain Christian Woerner, 3rd NJ Btty, June 20, 1864

Numbers 291. Report of Captain Christian Woerner, Third New Jersey Battery, of operations June 20.1


In Camp, near White House Landing, Va., June 21, 1864

SIR: I respectfully report that the rebels yesterday morning, about 6.30 o’clock, drove our pickets to within thirty yards in front of our line

of breast-works at this place, when my battery opened fire on their advance and made them fall back. About 8 a.m., on the open field about 1,800 yards to the left, a strong cavalry force, said to belong to Fitzhugh Lee’s corps, formed in line, on which I commenced firing with solid shot with such effect that they dispersed. About 9 o’clock they planted four rifled guns at the same place and two other pieces, each 2,000 yards to their left near two small barns, and opened fire on our lines from both positions, which we returned with good success, blowing up one of their limbers. Firing on both sides ceased at 12 m. During the engagement only two horses were killed. Ammunition expended: 104 solid shot, 203 spherical case, 95 shell, and 10 canister.

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


Captain, Commanding Third New Jersey Battery.


Washington, D. C.


  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 747-748
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