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OR XLII P1 #115: Report of Captain John E. Burton, 11th NY Btty, August 12-26, 1864

No. 115. Report of Captain John E. Burton, Eleventh New York Battery, of operations August 12-26. 1


August-, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to report as follows the operations of this battery since the 12th of August:

On the evening of that day the battery moved from its camp, and following Battery G, First New York Artillery, marched to City Point,

and from there to near Jones’ Neck, on the James River, crossing the Appomattox at Point of Rocks. Early on the morning of the 14th, having been assigned to the First Division, I crossed the James River and report to Brigadier-General Barlow. At 2 p. m. of that day was put in position on the Second Division line, in front of the Second Brigade, where the battery did some excellent shooting, knocking over a number of the enemy’s horses and silencing their battery. I have one man wounded in the arm by musket-ball. Silence that time we here not been engaged, although we have had several different position, as follows: Was ordered back to gate posts at dark on the 14th. At 8 p. m. on the 15th was put in position near the grove. On the 17th I had two horses killed by the falling of a tree which was blown down. On the 18th was put in position near the corps hospital, where remained until the next day, when I reported to Colonel Smyth, commanding Second Division, and relieved Captain Ricketts at the Potteries. On the night of the 20th I followed the Second Division across the river and back to our old camp, from which time and until the 26th have been in the reverse. On the 26th I report to Major-General Gibbon, commanding Second Division, and am now in position near the Williams house.

All of which is respectfully submitted.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Captain Eleventh New York Battery.

Lieutenant U. D. EDDY,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.


  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 419-420
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