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OR XLVI P1 #168: Report of Captain Samuel H. Rhoads, Btty D PA Lt Arty, March 25, 1865

No. 168. Report of Captain Samuel H. Rhoads, Battery D, Pennsylvania Light Artillery, of operations March 25.1

March 26, 1865.

LIEUTENANT: I have the honor to submit the following report of operations of my command yesterday, March 25:

In the morning, at about 4.30 o’clock, I was awakened by my corporal of the guard with information that there was fighting on our right. About the same time or earlier, Lieutenant Sailor, commanding guns in Fort Meikel, was awakened, and he immediately had his cannoneers stand to their guns in anticipation. The force manning the other guns of the battery were ready about the same time. After daylight I received orders from Major Ricketts to harness and hitch and pack up, which I did as expeditiously as possible. During the morning the enemy opened twice from a battery, containing several 10-pounder rifles. Lieutenant Sailor fired six rounds at this battery, four of the shells exploding their embrasure, and apparently causing their firing to cease both times. Toward evening this battery opened again and fired a few shots, to which Lieutenant Sailor replied once. About 10 a.m., or after the firing ceased, I unhitched and unharnessed.

I am, lieutenant, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Captain, Commanding Battery D, Pennsylvania Volunteer Artillery.

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), p. 365
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