656 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CHAP. XLVIII.
ister, and supported by Colonel Hofmann's brigade, of Cutler's di-
vision, repulsed their charge and drove them from the field, firing
case-shot into them until they were driven into the woods. We
then kept up a fire of solid shot through the timber until the field
was cleared, and our troops held a position about 1,000 yards in ad-
vance of the ground where the battle opened. We lost in this en-
gagement 3 men wounded, 2 horses killed and 3 three wounded.
May 30, were engaged near Bethesda Church on the skirmish
line ; fired 36 solid shot and 4 shell ; could not tell the effect from
the density of the timber ; had 2 men seriously wounded.
June 3, I relieved Battery B, Fourth U. S. Artillery, near Be-
thesda Church ; fired 48 solid shot, 46 spherical case, and 19 shell,
with excellent effect, driving the enemy's sharpshooters from the
buildings in our front and repulsing a heavy line-of skirmishers.
The battery was under a heavy fire of artillery all day, but owing
to the natural strength of our position our loss was ?ª limited to 1
Very. .respectfully, your obedient servant,
C. E. MINK,
Captain, First New York Artillery, Comdg. Battery H.
Lieut. W. J. CANFIELD,
Acting Adjutant, First New York Artillery.
Report of Lieut. Charles L. Anderson, Battery L, First New York
Light Artillery. t
HDQRS. BATTERY L, FIRST NEW YORK ARTILLERY,
August 9, 1864.
SIR : In compliance with Special Orders, No. 209, headquarters
Army of the Potomac, I have the honor to report :
This command broke camp at Culpeper, Va., the morning of the
4th day of May, 1864, crossed the Rapidan River at Germanna Ford
the same day, marching as far as Wilderness Tavern, went into
park, and bivouacked for the night. [Resignation of Capt. G. H.
Reynolds being accepted May 3, 1864, First Lieut. George Breck
became commanding officer at beginning of campaign.]
On the morning of the 5th entered the Wilderness, by a cut road
to the right and in the direction of Parker's Store and the enemy,
with Battery B, Fourth U. S. Artillery, and Brigadier-General
Wadsworth's (Fourth) division, Fifth Army Corps. Arriving at
an open space or clearing, the lamented Brigadier-General Wads-
worth formed and advanced his division in line of battle into the
woods, leaving the two batteries of twelve pieces in park. Soon
after, by order of First Lieutenant Stewart (B), Fourth U. S. Artil-
lery, withdrew and went into park in rear of Lacy's house. [The
repulse of the Fourth Division and the impracticability of 'rifted
*For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I.
t The parts of this report inserted in brackets appear as foot-notes in the origi-