CHAP. LIV.) THE RICHMOND CAMPAIGN. 715
150 men, and proceeded with the brigade of which we form a part to
within a short distance of the enemy's works near the Darbytown road.
I was then ordered to deploy my regiment as skirmishers, which was
done, the left wing doing the skirmishing, and the right wing acting
as reserve for the same. I established the skirmish line near the
enemy's works at 10 a. m. the 27th, when I was ordered to advance
upon the enemy and feel of their works. I immediately moved my
regiment forward, advancing some 300 yards,. when we encountered the
enemy's skirmishers and drove them behind their works. Here we
remained until 11 a. m. the following day, when I received orders to
fall back, which was done to the satisfaction of all concerned. I then
marched the regiment off the field in the rear of the brigade, which we
joined near the Darbytown road, when we received orders to march to
camp, where we arrived at 4 p. in. the 28th instant.
Second Lieut. Morton A. Taintor was shot through the bowels, on
the 27th, while gallantly performing his duty, living only an hour. In
his death the Government loses a brave defender and his regiment a
Our loss in killed was 1; wounded, 4; total, 5.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
S. S. ATWELL,
Captain, Seventh Connecticut Volunteers, Commanding Regiment.
Lieut. FERDINAND DAVIS,
Actg. Asst. Adjt. Gen., 2d Brig., 1st Div., 10th Army Corps.
Reports of Maj. Frederick W. Prince, Sixteenth New York Heavy Artil-
lery, of operations September 28—October 13 and October 27-28.
HDQRS. DETACH. SIXTEENTH NEW YORK HEAVY ARTY.
Before Richmond, rat, October. 12, 18641
SIR : In accordance with instructions I beg leave tq submit the fql-
lowing report a the part -taken py the detachment of the Sixteenth
New York Heavy Artillery, under my command, attached to Second
Brigade (Col. J. C. Abbott, Seventh New Hampshire Volunteers, com-
manding), First Division, Tenth Army Corps, since leaving camp near
Petersburg, embracing the period from September 28 to October 12:
The detachment formed in brigade column at 3 o'clock on the after-
noon of September 28 in heavy marching order, and moved about 4 p.
m. We arrived at Deep Bottom about 1.30 a. m. September 29. Here
we bivouacked until 4 a. m., when we left our knapsacks, &c., and, in
light order, fell into column. About 6 a. m. the skirmishers in the ad-
vance became engaged, and shortly after our brigade was ordered into
line of battle. We formed and advanced through a light piece of woods
and entered a thicket which bordered a ravine. We were ordered into
the ravine and then halted, exposed to a raking fire of shell and case-
shot from a battery of the enemy on our right, who had excellent range.
By covering close we sheltered ourselves so that our loss was slight,
only two being wounded. We were soon ordered to advance and support
the skirmishers of our brigade, who were pressing the enemy in their
intrenchments in front. We halted in the underbrush on the edge of
the open field, across which we were to charge on the rebel line. A