770 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CHAP. XLVin.
Report of Capt. William B. Rhodes, Battery E, First Rhode Island
HDQRS. BATTERY E, FIRST RHODE ISLAND ARTILLERY,
Before Petersburg, Va., August 30, 1864.
SIR : I have the honor respectfully to submit the following report
of the operations of Battery E, First Rhode Island Artillery, from
May 4, 1864, to July 30, 1864:
May 4.—Broke camp and marched to Germanna Ford, on the
Rapidan River ; crossed on a pontoon bridge, and camped for the
night on Smith's farm.
May 5.—Broke camp at daylight, marched to the Wilderness, and
went into park with the remainder of the Artillery Brigade. The
Fifth and Sixth Corps engaged the enemy, the battle 'lasting until
dark ; loss heavy on both sides.
May 6.—A general engagement took place, and lasted all day.
Just at dark the Third Division, Sixth Corps, was flanked by the
enemy and forced to fall back in disorder. I placed the right sec-
tion, under Lieut. E. K. Parker, on the plank road, to check the
advance of the enemy, by order of Colonel Tompkins. The section
was relieved at 9 p. m.
May 7.—The battery was placed in position on the right of the
plank road by Colonel Tompkins, and was relieved at 9 p. m. and
ordered to report to General Wright. We marched all night, arriv-
ing at Spotsylvania at 8 a. m. [May 8], where a battle was in prog-
ress between our cavalry and the enemy. I was ordered by General
Wright to park until he could form his infantry, and remained in
park all night.
May 9.—Moved to the front, and was placed in reserve.
May 10.—Was ordered into position by Colonel Tompkins, sup-
ported by the Second Rhode Island Regiment, and opened a vigor-
ous fire on the enemy with solid shot. The enemy brought a bat-
tery to enfilade my right flank, which I soon drove from its position.
While in the field General Ricketts, of the regular service, sent an
aide to me, and complimented me on the execution which I had done
in driving the enemy from their rifle-pits and the manner in which
the battery was handled. At 6 p. m. I covered a charge made by
the Sixth Corps, which resulted in taking 500 prisoners. I expended
530 rounds of ammunition through the day. During the engage-
ment Private Benjamin Judd was slightly wounded by a spent ball,
and 1 horse was killed.
May 11.—Was relieved by Captain McKnight, Fifth U. S. Ar-
tillery, and marched to the rear to refill my ammunition chests.
May 12.—Relieved Captain McKnight and expended 116 rounds
of ammunition, principally solid shot. Loss, 1 horse killed. Was
relieved at 2 p. m.
May 13. —Was placed in position by Colonel Tompkins and re-
mained all day and night.
May 14.—Was relieved, marched all night, reaching Anderson's
farm at 3 p. m. of the 15th, and was placed in reserve for the re-
mainder of the day. Was relieved at night to rest the horses, which
had been in harness since the morning of the 13th.
May 17.—Was again ordered to the front in reserve, and remained
until the 18th, wben?ª I was relieved and marched all night.