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OR XLVI P1 #165: Report of Captain John B. Eaton, 27th NY Btty, March 25, 1865

No. 165. Report of Captain John B. Eaton, Twenty-seventh Battery New York Light Artillery, of operations March 25.1

March 26, 1865.

LIEUTENANT: In accordance with circular just received, I have the honor to state that the part taken by my battery in the operations of yesterday was briefly as follows:

I was awakened by firing about daybreak, and gave orders to have the section of my battery in park harnessed, which was done some time before I received verbal orders to harness the whole battery, and send the section to report to Colonel Harriman at Meade’s Station. I at once ordered the remaining teams harnessed, and sent forward the section to Meade’s Station, in command of my first-sergeant, Scott. After proceeding to headquarters and finding that the section was intended to report to Colonel Harriman, I repaired to the scene of action in advance of my section (then advancing at a trot), reported to General Tidball on the field, and placed the guns in position under his direction

immediately upon their arrival. My fire was directed upon Fort Stedman, then in possession of the enemy, but an assault was made by our troops almost at the moment of my going into battery, and I had but time to fire a few rounds of solid shot before the work was retaken. My guns remained on the ground until ordered back to camp by General Tidball; they reached camp about 10 a.m.

I have pleasure in reporting no casualties.


Captain, Commanding Twenty-seventh New York.

Lieutenant GEORGE W. BOOTH,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.


  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. 362-363
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