HDQRS. LIGHT CO. C, THIRD RHODE ISLAND ARTILLERY,
Before Richmond, Va., October 9, 1864.
I have the honor to render the following report of the part my battery took in the engagement of the 7th instant:
My guns were in position on the front facing Chaffin’s farm. When the engagement commenced I was ordered by the chief of artillery of Tenth Corps to turn my guns to the right and fire on the enemy’s batteries. I fired with the three right pieces of my battery some 150 rounds. At about 1 p.m. I was ordered by a member of Major-General Birney’s staff to place a section on the right near the houses. After firing a few rounds the enemy ceased firing. Afterward I moved the section forward and placed it in the works on the right of our lines. I expended throughout the day 175 rounds of ammunition.
I lost 3 men wounded and 5 horses killed during the engagement.
I would especially mention First Sergt. John F. Wyman, commanding the section which was principally engaged, for gallant and meritorious conduct.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
MARTIN S. JAMES,
Captain Third Rhode Island Arty., Commanding Light Company C.
Lieutenant O. S. DEWEY,
Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, Arty., Brigade, Tenth Army Corps.
- 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 787 ↩