CHAP. LIV.1 THE RICHMOND CAMPAIGN. 935
August 14.—The enemy made another advance in force on this side
of the James. Smith's battery (Third Company Howitzers) was in posi-
tion on New Market Heights, and aided in repulsing the advance of
the enemy until re-enforcements could be brought up, and at one time
held the heights without infantry supports, driving back the enemy's
line of battle with artillery. One section of this battery was later in
the day taken to the left to meet a flank movement of the enemy, and
did good service. Later in the day the batteries of Captains Dance
and Griffin took position on the lines and remained in position until
the enemy recrossed the river. Captain Dance frequently fired upon
the enemy's infantry. Captain Graham was ordered to report with his
battery to the cavalry, but not being needed reported back to the bat-
talion and took position on New Market. Heights, but was not engaged.
In the above movements Dance's and Smith's batteries each lost 3
men severely wounded. Smith lost 8 horses and Dance 3.
Two batteries and a section of this battalion are now [August 31]
encamped near the outer line of fortifications near the New Market road,
and one battery and a section are doing duty on the lines around New
Market Heights. This battalion has been known as First Virginia
Regiment of Artillery, commanded by Col. J. Thompson Brown. Sec-
ond Company Richmond Howitzers (Capt. L. F. Jones) was temporarily
transferred, by order of Col. T. H. Carter, commanding division, to Cut-
shaw's battalion July 14, leaving four batteries—Graham's (Rock-
bridge), Dance's (Powhatan), Smith's (Third Company Howitzers),
Griffin's (Salem Flying Artillery).
Since last muster [August 31] this battalion has been doing duty on
the lines on the north side of the James River; six guns on the lines
and ten in reserve.
On the morning of 29th of September the enemy advanced and were
repeatedly repulsed (Graham's battery and one section of the Third
Howitzers being in position), but owing to the capture of Fort Harrison
the guns on the outer lines had to be withdrawn to the intermediate
line of fortifications, as also the infantry. Meanwhile Dance and Griffin
went into position on the intermediate line, Dance (next Fort Harri-
son) at Battery Field and Griffin on his left at a redoubt on the Mill
road, and repulsed several assaults in heavy force upon our lines by the
Eighteenth Army Corps, Dance losing 4 killed and 18 wounded, and
Griffin 1 killed and 1 wounded. About the same time the Third How-
itzers were retiring up the New Market road, supported by Gary's
cavalry brigade. The cavalry and artillery made a stand at Laurel
Hill Church and fought the enemy until they were flanked on the left
and compelled to retire toward Richmond. Graham's and Smith's guns,
although engaged, lost no men During the evening the enemy's
Tenth Corps made an assault on Fort Gilmer (just to the left of Grif-
fin's battery) and were repulsed, Griffin aiding materially in their re-
pulse by firing canister into them at close range.
Since September 29 the battalion has been in position on different
parts of the line and is now [October 31] occupying the line from Fort
Gilmer to the Darbytown
In the advance of the enemy October 27, 1864, the Third Howitzers
and one gun of Dance's battery were engaged at Henrico Poor-House.
The Howitzers had 4 men wounded-2 mortally, 1 severely, and 1
slightly. No other casualties sustained in the battalion.
Since last muster (31st of October, 1864) this battalion has occupied
the same position on the line running from Fort Gilmer to the Darby-
town road, &c., without any occurrence worthy of notice. By paragraph