514 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CHAP.- XLVIII.
into position covering the Brock road about 300 yards to the left of
the plank road, and on the second line. Immediately made a breast-
work of logs, and was supported by the Fourth Division. Toward
evening fired a few rounds of solid shot into the woods in our front,
1,600 yards range, by order General Gibbon.
May 6, battle opened fiercely at daybreak, and raged in our front
till 10 a. m., ending in our forces being driven back to their intrench-
ments. At this time I received orders detailing my right section,
under Lieut. William H. Rogers, to hold the plank road. It went
into position at the cross-road, and opened fire under the direction
of Major-General Birney. At 4.30 p. m. Longstreet's corps made
terrific attack in our front, driving the front line back to the second
line, and planting their colors upon the first line. I now opened
with shell and case-shot, bursting them just over the first line of
works, which were on fire, and shot their flag down five times, when
my attention was called to a line advancing through the woods on
my right and front. I immediately opened upon it with double-
shotted canister, cross-firing the fire of my section on the plank road.
We checked the enemy's advance until Carroll's brigade charged
the enemy with such fury as to utterly rout them, and the day was
won. During the, firing my breast-works, composed of dry logs,
caught fire, and some of my recruits instead of detaching the car-
tridges from the extra canister at the limber, carried them up to the
gun. The cartridges took fire from the breast-works and exploded,
burning 5 of the cannoneers severely. Loss, 7 enlisted men and 1
officer wounded. Remained in position all night and during May 7;
section on plank road firing occasionally.
During the action of May 6 General Ward ordered one of my
caissons to the rear, thereby jeopardizing the position, owing to a
scarcity of ammunition.
May 8, resumed line of march to Todd's Tavern. When in
sight of the tavern our flankers were attacked and General Mott
ordered me into position north of the tavern. Remained there until
morning of the 9th, when I was ordered to relieve Captain Sleeper's
battery in position south of the tavern and covering the Catharpin
road. Two guns were detached for picket duty with Colonel Kitch-
ing's brigade about 800 yards out on the road.
May 10, marched to Spotsylvania and went into position near the
deserted house. Opened fire, covering the advance of the Fourth
Division. Had 1 man killed.
May 11, was ordered to report to General Gibbon and marched
to the right and went into position on his line. At night was ordered
to bivouac near Fifth Corps hospital, and was moved the morning
of the 12th and parked in a field in rear of the deserted house. Sent
my limbers to the front and hauled off six pieces of artillery cap-
tured that morning from the enemy by the Second Corps. At 11
a. m., 12th, was ordered into position near the Landrum house, and
opened a heavy cannonade upon the Salient. Lieutenant Thurston
was wounded here by a sharpshooter. Remained in position the
13th and 14th. Moved to the position occupied by the enemy the
previous day to the left of the Salient. Left position morning of
the 15th and marched to the left and parked on the Fredericksburg
road. Remained in park till 18th. The 17th turned in one section