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OR XLII P1 #27: Report of Captain William Church, 4th NYHA, August 13-20, 1864

Numbers 27. Report of Captain William Church, Fourth New York Heavy Artillery, of operations August 13-20.1

September 27, 1864.

Report of operations of the Fourth New York Artillery from August 13 to August 20:

On the evening of the 13th of August the regiment embarked at City Point and proceeded up the River to Deep Bottom, at which place it debarked at daylight on the morning of the 14th, and bivouacked in a field about half a mile from landing. Company B was sent out on picket and at 9 a.m. the regiment moved to the front about one mile and a half, when the whole command was sent on picket until 12 m., at which time they were relieved and joined the division on the New Market road, being placed on the left of the First Brigade in line of battle. During the night the regiment built a line of breast-works. On the morning of the 15th were relieved by a brigade of the Second Division and sent to the rear to camp in reserve on the New Market road. Company F was sent on picket in the evening, ad was relieved by Com-

panies A and G on the evening of the 16th, who were in turn relieved by Companies E, H, and K. Companies A and G lost on their tour of duty 1 officer wounded and 2 men killed. On the evening of the 17th Companies E, H, and K were relieved by Companies C, I, and M. Companies E, H, and K had lost during their tour 3 enlisted men wounded. On the evening of the 18th, when the enemy attacked the Tenth Corps they attempted to force the right of our line, but were repulsed. On the morning of the 19th Companies A and F relieved those on picket, and were themselves relieved on the morning of the 20th by Companies E and G. On the evening of the 20th we broke camp and crossed the James River, and proceeded to our old camp at army headquarters.

List of casualties, August 17: George H. Warner, first lieutenant, Company A; William H. Totten, private, Company A; Albert E. Clapsaddle, private Company E, wounded. Thomas B. Edwards, private, Company A; John Smith, private, Company E; Peter Goldsmith, private, Company G, killed.


Captain, Commanding.


  1. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 1 (Serial Number 87), pages 268-269
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