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passing through the battery on their way to the rear. We immedi-
ately changed our front ; put the pieces in position to cover our
forces if obliged to fall back. At 12 o'clock that night received or-
ders to be ready to move at daylight, but did not move until 8 a. m.,
when we moved to the-extreme right of the line, and went into posi-
tion, Generals Sedgwick, Neill, and Russell, and Colonel Tompkins,
being present and superintending the forming of the line and throw-
ing up breast-works, as it was expected the enemy would follow up
the advantage gained the previous day, but they made no demon-
strations except driving in our pickets. After dark, near 8 o'clock,
we moved from our position and marched all night for Spotsylvania
Court-House. On the morning of the 8th arrived at Spotsylvania
Court-House ; moved up to the front, but, there being no position
for us, went back into park and unharnessed.
May 9, harnessed up early in the morning, but did not leave the
park during the day; at night unharnessed. May 10, harnessed up
again early in the morning ; remained harnessed all day. At night
moved up to the front. May 11, marched to the extreme right of
the line. By order of Colonel Tidball, chief of artillery, Second
Corps, sent one section on a reconnaissance with a brigade of infan-
try. May 12, harnessed up at 2 a. in., and reported with the battery
to the chief of our command. Was immediately put into position.
In taking the position was under ?ª fire of infantry and artillery.
Two horses were shot and 1 man missing while going into position.
At night moved back into a field and went into camp. May 13, har-
nessed up at 8 o'clock. At 10 moved back into the position occupied
by us on the 12th, but there was no force in our front. May 14,
moved out of park at 9 p. m. ; marched all night over a very rough
road did not advance more than 3 miles during the night. May 15,
remained in park near Ny River until dark, when we moved out and
went into position. May 16 and 17, battery was in position near the
Anderson house. On the 17th we turned in two guns and 12 horses,
with harness complete. On the night of the 17th moved out onto the
Fredericksburg road and stood there during the night. Next morn-
ing left the Fredericksburg road and moved toward the right, there
being a heavy engagement going on at the time, but did not go into
position, as the Second Corps artillery, which was in position, was
thought sufficient. We remained on the right but a short time, and
then went back into position on the ground we left on the 17th, and
remained there during the next day until near dark, when we crossed
the Ny River and went into park. Remained the 20th, and until 3
p. in. the 21st, when we moved up into breast-works in the night.
At just dark the enemy made a charge on our lines, but were re-
pulsed. The artillery opened on them very heavy. That night
ended our campaign near Spotsylvania Court-House and Ny River.
At 8 o'clock we withdrew from the line, and commenced the march
for the North Anna River. In the campaign of Spotsylvania
Court-House and Ny River we expended only 50 rounds of ammu-
nition ; lost no material or men. Our horses begin to show the
effects of our rapid marches and short feed, but we lost only 1 horse
from disease or exhaustion.
The march to the North Anna was very rapid, but were on good
roads most of the time. We accomplished the march without loss
of any material. We crossed the river at 6 p. m. on the 24th, and
camped for the night. Next morning was on the march. Crossed
the Gordonsville railroad and went into position. Lieut. C. W.