718 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [Ctup.
farther we found them still in force. We were moved to the right and
front in line of battle into a dense piece of woods, through which we
marched till near the edge of the slashing in front of the enemy. We
then halted in reserve for a support to the skirmish line, which was
constantly engaged with the enemy behind his works. In this position
we passed the night of the 27th during a heavy rain, and remained till
the afternoon of the 28th, when we were ordered back and returned to
our camp within our works.
The casualties during the two days' operations were 1 man wounded
and 1 man killed; total, 2.
I have the honor to subscribe myself, very respectfully, your obedi-
FREDK. W. PRINCE,
Major, Comdg. Detach. Sixteenth New York Vol. Heavy Artillery.
Lieut. FERDINAND DAVIS,
Actg. Asst. Adjt. Gen., 2d Brig., 1st Div., 10th Army Corps.
Reports of Lieut. Col. James F. Bandlett, Third New Hampshire
Infantry, of operations August 14-17, September 29, and October 1, 7,
13, and 27-28.
HEADQUARTERS THIRD NEW HAMPSHIRE VOLUNTEERS,
September 27, 1864.
CAPTAIN: In accordance with instructions received this date from
the brevet major-general commanding the division, I have the honor to
submit the following report of the part taken by this command in oper-
ations north of James River, from August 14 to 17, 1864:
The regiment moved with column Second Brigade, First Division,
Tenth Army Corps, at midnight August 13; crossed the James about
daylight 14th; participated in reconnaissance of that date. On morning
of 15th recrossed the river to Jones' Landing in column, which again
crossed below Deep Bottom. Marched to Deep Run on 16th; about m.
charged with Second Brigade, First Division, the enemy's works at
Fussell's Mill, carrying his line, capturing a large number of prisoners.
Advanced by order of Col. J. R. Hawley, commanding brigade, about
300 yards beyond the captured line. There met the enemy in force;
made another desperate charge through open field under galling fire
from the enemy toward another angle of same line as mentioned as
taken. At this moment it was discovered as impracticable to advance
on account of the force of the enemy and his secure position. As retreat
was ordered the command fell back to that portion of the line first taken.
The enemy pursued and made three successive attempts to dislodge it,
but were handsomely repulsed. After holding this position for more
than an hour, orders were received to move to the rear. This ended
Our loss in killed, wounded, and missing, including 1 officer killed and
9 wounded, was 93.
Lieut. Col. Josiah I. Plimpton, commanding regiment, fell in the
open field in the advanced position at the moment orders were received
to fall back. He was shot through the heart, and expired instantly
while actively engaged in moving his command in order,