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OR XLII P1 #309: Report of Captain Martin S. James, Btty C 3rd RI Hvy Arty, October 7, 1864

No. 309. Report of Captain Martin S. James, Battery C, Third Rhode Island Artillery, of operations October 7.1

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,

Captain Third Rhode Island Arty., Commanding Light Company C.

Lieutenant O. S. DEWEY,
Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, Arty., 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 787
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