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OR XLVI P1 #180: Report of Captain Joseph W. B. Wright, 14th MA Btty, April 1-3, 1865

No. 180. Report of Captain Joseph W. B. Wright, Fourteenth Battery Massachusetts Light Artillery.1

Near City Point, Va., April 5, 1865.

LIEUTENANT: I have the honor to make the following report of operations of this command from March 31, 1865, to date:

The right section of this command was in position in Battery 10, the left section in Battery 14. On the night of April 1 both sections commenced action at 11 o’clock and continued during the night. During the 2nd of April the right section continued in action, by direction of Major T. Miller, inspector of artillery, Ninth Army Corps, to prevent the enemy moving troops from our right to the left; was also engaged in supporting a charge made by the Seventeenth Michigan Regiment. The left section was engaged in shelling the Mound Fort, and whenever

in sight the enemy’s columns in their attempts to retake the captured works in front of Fort Hell, occasionally throwing shells into Petersburg. During the night of April 1 the battery threw 230 shells into the enemy’s lines, and on the 2nd, 245 shells. Both sections of battery came out of position during the forenoon of 3rd, to camp near Meade’s Station.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Captain, Commanding Fourteenth Massachusetts Battery.

Lieutenant T. HEASLEY,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Artillery Brigade.


  1. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), pp. 1079-1080
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