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were kept a short distance in rear, as no place could be found from which they could be used with advantage. Of the ten guns in po- sition, three rifles and two Napoleons were posted on the left of Anderson's division, and not far from Pegram's battalion, and on the right of these and in front of Anderson's left, at the distance of four hundred yards, five Napoleons were placed. These posi- tions, separated by a body of timber, were about 1,400 yards from the enemy's batteries, strongly posted on an eminence. Immedi- ately on my right were the batteries of the First corps. My bat- talion being necessarily separated, that part of it next to Pegram's position, consisting of three of Wyatt's and two of Graham's guns, was placed in charge of Captain Wyatt, while Captain Ward was di- rected to superintend the guns of his own and of Brooke's battery.
About seven o'clock on the morning of the 3d, while I myself was at the position occupied by Captain Ward, the guns under Captain Wyatt opened on the enemy's position. In a few minutes the fire of several of their batteries was concentrated on these five guns, and seeing that the contest was a very unequal -one, and not knowing the origin of the order for opening, I directed the firing to cease. I afterwards ascertained that Lieutenant-General A. P. Hill had ordered it. In this affair Captain Wyatt lost eight of his best horses. A caisson of the enemy was exploded. In the gen- eral engagement that occurred about the middle of the day, the battalion participated.
Upon the repulse of our troops, anticipating an advance of the enemy, I ordered up the howitzers.
The enemy, however, failed to follow up his advantage, and got no service out of these useless guns. About dusk on the evei ing of the 4th the battalion moved in the direction of Hagerstowi Maryland, where it arrived on the 7th. On the llth the battalion was placed in position in line of battle, which it occupied till the night of the 13th, when, with the army, it fell back and recrosst the Potomac on the 14th. After remaining several days in the vi- cinity of Bunker Hill, the march was resumed on the 19th, and 01 the 25th July the battalion reached Culpeper Courthouse, am moved to its present locality near Mitchell's station on the 28th.
In closing ihis report, I refer with pleasure to the unexceptiona- ble conduct of the officers and men of all the batteries in the face of the enemy.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. T. POAGUE, Major Commanding Artillery Battalion, Third Corps.