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been ordered in position where the mortars were, but countermanded.
Everything ordered to open at 1.30 and fire one hour. Did so with
effect, 1 shot every two minutes, afterward 1 shot from each battery.
every fifteen minutes until dark. Attack on Barlow's line at dark,
in which Arnold did good execution. The works on Sleeper's right
being finished, Edge11 moved in at night.
June 5.—At daylight McKnight took position in Edgell's old
place. Captain Jones at 12 m. had only 26 rounds left ; attack made
at 8.30 p. m. repulsed ; artillery opened heavily. During the after-
noon a work was built on the left of Arnold, and at dark Arnold
was withdrawn and replaced by Ames. No other changes.
June 6.—At daylight Burton went into the new work on Ames'
left. Gilliss moved to the extreme left with Birney and took posi-
tion near the mill pond.
June 7.—Captain Stevens' battery of light 12-pounders reported
and was sent to General Birney, the extreme left.
June 8.—Captain Arnold left and Lieutenant Dwight took com-
mand of battery. Captain Ricketts returned and was placed in
position on the right and a little in rear of Dow. Mortar ammuni-
tion arrived and Captain Jones, who had yesterday permanently
assumed command of the mortar battery, was supplied with ammu-
nition, as were all batteries, 3-inch and light 12-pounders. Full
rations of vegetables issued.
June 9.—No change. The mortars fired 15 shots during the day,
with very good results.
June 10.—Four mortars placed on the left and front of Ricketts,
the other two left in their old position.
JUne 11.—No change except the withdrawal of Dow. *
JNO. C. TIDBALL,
Colonel Fourth New York Artillery, Conidg. Brigade.
Report of Capt. Edwin B. Dow, Sixth Maine Battery.
HDQRS. SIXTH MAINE BATTY., ARTY. BRIG., 2D CORPS,
August 7, 1864.
LIEUTENANT : In compliance with Special Orders, No. 209, head-
quarters Army of the Potomac, I have the honor to submit the
following report concerning the part taken by my battery in the
operations of the campaign from May 3 to July 31, 1864 :
At 8 p. tn. May 3 broke camp near Stevensburg, Va., and marched
in the direction of Ely's Ford, on the Rapidan River ; arriving at the
ford the morning of the 4th, crossed the river and marched to near
the Chancellor house, camping upon the old battle-field with the
Fourth Division (General Mott's), to which we were attached.
May 5, broke camp at daylight and took up line of march for
Todd's Tavern ; arriving near the tavern, the enemy was reported
advancing rapidly against us, when we countermarched and went
* For continuation of report. see Vol. XL, Part I.
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