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OR XLII P1 #109: Report of Captain Edvin B. Dow, 6th ME Btty, August 12-27, 1864

Numbers 109. Report of Captain Edvin B. Dow, Sixth Maine Battery, of operations August 12-27.1

Fort Warren, August 29, 1864.

LIEUTENANT: I have the honor to submit the following report of the doings of my battery from August 12 to 27, 1864:

August 12, broke camp at 6 p. m. and marched to Jones’ Landing, where we remained in camp till 2 o’clock morning of the 14th, where we crossed James River at Turkey Bend. Immediately went into park and remained till 2 p. m., when the right section, under Lieutenant William H. Rogers, was ordered into position near Spring Hill with a section of

the Eleventh New York Battery (Captain Burton) and was smartly engaged; fired ninety rounds of ammunition. Withdrew at dark 15th, was ordered to rear and went into camp. 16th, battery moved out to near Spring Hill. Right section in position and engaged. Expended eighty-five rounds of ammunition. At night withdrew and went into first-camp. 17th, remained in camp. Night of 18th went into position to guard against a flank attack by the enemy’s cavalry; in three different position during night, the last of which was near and on the right of Four-Mile Creek, where we remained until night of the 20th. Night of the 20th moved to from of Petersburg. 21st, went into camp. At 12 m. moved to left near the Jerusalem road. Lay there till 12 o’clock night of the 21 st, when we went into Fort Crawford. 22nd, hauled gabions and repaired the fort. 23rd to 27th, inclusive, remained in Fort Crawford. The battery has sustained no loss of men or material.


Captain Sixth Maine Battery.

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 XLII, Part 1 (Serial Number 87), pages 413-414
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