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OR XLII P1 #307: Report of Lieutenant Henry H. Metcalf, 3rd RI Arty, commanding 5th NJ Btty, October 7, 1864

No. 307. Report of Lieutenant Henry H. Metcalf, Third Rhode Island Artillery, commanding Fifth New Jersey Battery, of operations October 7.1

October 9, 1864.

In obedience to circular dated October 8, from brigade headquarters, I have the honor to report the part my command took in the engagement of October 7, 1864.

By command of the chief of artillery I moved with the right half battery from its place in the entrenchments, and went into position in front of the white house on the right of the line. The enemy’s fire was very accurate, and in taking the position three horses were killed. I immediately opened upon the charging column of the enemy, and they retreating, I turned to the artillery.

Every man did his duty, and where all did so well it would be impossible to mention any individual case.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
First Lieutenant, Commanding Battery.

Lieutenant O. S. DEWEY,
Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, Artillery Brigade, Tenth Army 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), page 786
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