LIEUTENANT: In compliance with circular from headquarters Artillery Brigade, Ninth Army Corps, of this date, I have the honor to report as follows:
The first intimation of an attack from the enemy was heard about 4.30 a. m., in the direction of the Appomattox. The cannoneers were soon up and at their posts ready for any emergency. But the fighting was confined to our right some distance, with the exception of a desultory fire from the enemy’s batteries in our immediate front, directed on troops passing in our rear, some few shots on Fort Davis and Battery 22, to which a few shots were replied from Battery 22, viz, twenty percussion-shell, three fuse-shells.
I am, lieutenant, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
T. C. RICE,
Fist Lieutenant, Commanding Battery B, First Pennsylvania Light Arty.
Lieutenant GEORGE W. BOOTH,
Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, Artillery Brigade, Ninth Army Corps.
- The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), page 190 ↩