792 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CRAP. LIP.
The behavior of my recruits was all that could be expected, while my
old men as usual behaved splendidly. The conduct of First Sergt. G.
F. Sessions, Corpl. F. Ringol, and Private Clark G. Shaw was especially
worthy of notice, while Bugler Daniel ITrmey, who had charge of the
caissons, acquitted himself nobly in the prompt and very efficient man-
ner in which he brought up ammunition.
I cannot close my report without bringing to notice the praiseworthy
and gallant conduct of Privates Charles W. Ware and Augustus Ingle-
man, both of Company E, Thirty-ninth Regiment Illinois Volunteers,
who came out of the trenches, during the heaviest firing, and assisted in
unloading a caisson of ammunition and rendered other services which
at the time were of no small importance.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JNO. R. MYRICK,
First Lieut., Third U. S. Artillery, Comdg. Light Company B.
Lieut. 0. S. DEWEY,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Light Artillery Brigade.
Reports of Maj. Gen. Edward 0. C. Ord, U. S. Army, commanding
Eighteenth Army Corps, of operations August 5 and September 28-29.
HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Near Petersburg, August 6, 1864.
SIR : Yesterday, about 6.30 p. m., the enemy sprung a mine, or coun-
termine, on the left of my line of advanced trenches. I happened to be
inspecting the lines at the time, and, with General Ames, had just left
the part where the explosion occurred. Seeing it, I ordered my reserves
under arms, and notified General Ames to move his reserves to the point
where, most needed, and inform me, by staff officer sent for the purpose,
what was the damage and nature of the attack, if any should be made.
The blast of the mine was instantly followed by heavy volleys of mus-
ketry and a severe cannonade and shelling from all the enemy's bat-
teries. The latter lasted twenty minutes or half an hour, when it
subsided gradually, being replied to with spirit along my whole line.
The shelling and cannonading from the opposite side of the Appomattox
could not be silenced as promptly as usual, owing to the removal, by
orders from headquarters, to transports of the heavy artillery from
the ridge on this bank of the river. The field artillery was harnessed,
and officers and men throughout the command were prompt to take
post when the explosion occurred, and prepared to give the rebels a
warm reception had they sallied out. This they did not do, and after
the subsidence of the musketry and artillery firing on both sides, about
dark, matters assumed their usual appearance, except that I had some
batteries put in position during the night, the better to sweep my front,
and directed the trench guards to be re-enforced opposite the Crater,
which was some thirty yards in my front and near the head of a sap
where our parties work at night. I also directed a sharp fire upon the
Crater, and other measures to prevent a lodgment being made by the
enemy in it.
I beg to call attention to the report of Captain Orwig of the gal-
lantry of Lieut. W. H. Killgore and Private Isaac R. Eaton, Battery E,
First Pennsylvania Artillery, and recommend them for promotion.