to the division commander for a detail of men to assist in bringing off these pieces, which he seemed indisposed to grant. Captain Ayres, on my applying to him, furnished me with men to act a teamsters, and placed my two pieces in his battery.
We thus arrived at the foot of the hill, when the enemy opened a fire of musketry upon us, which created the utmost confusion in our already retreating column. My men were obliged to leave the battery-wagon, forge, and caisson. At Centreville the retreating column made a stand, and I reported myself to Major Barry, chief of artillery, who attached me to Lieutenant O. D. Greene's battery at my request. My two pieces were then placed in position with the rest of the artillery to resist an attack. Colonel Jackson, of the New York Eighteenth Regiment, most kindly lent me a number of men to aid me as teamsters in place of those of Captain Ayres, whom I returned. We soon after received an order to retreat to Fairfax. Owing to the inexperience of my men I did not get my horses harnessed in time, and consequently when I started was nearly half a mile in rear of the whole retreating column. I finally caught up to Major Hunt's battery, and was advised by him to push ahead, which I did. At Fairfax I received an order to proceed immediately to Washington. I reached Fort Albany, opposite Washington, at 11 o'clock Monday morning, July 22, where Lieutenant Cook, of the Twenty-fifth Regiment, kindly received me, and gave me all that was necessary to restore me after thee fatigues of the march.
I feel particularly indebted to Captain Ayres and to thee officers of his battery -Lieutenant Greene, Colonel Jackson, and Major Hunt-for their valuable aid through the difficulties and embarrassments of the retreat from Bull Run to Washington.
I have the honor to be, your most obedient servant,
EDWD. BAYARD HILL,
Second Lieutenant, First Artillery.
Captain J. H. CARLISLE.
No. 24. Report of Lieutenant William D. Fuller, Third U. S. Artillery.
FORT CORCORAN, VA., July 24, 1861.
SIR: In obedience to your order, I beg leave to make the following report of the battle of Bull Run:
Leaving our camp near Centreville about 2.30 a.m. Sunday, the battery marched in rear of General Schenck's brigade, immediately preceded by a 30-pounder rifled gun of Parrott's make. The brigade, feeling its way, with skirmishers and flankers thrown out, arrived about 6 a.m. within two miles of Bull Run, across which the enemy were understood to be in position. At this point the road descends rapidly for three-quarters of a mile towards Bull Run. The 30-pounder rifled gun was placed in position in the road three-fourths of the way from the top to the foot of the hill, and fired twice at the supposed position of the enemy, without any effect of importance. Our battery having gone to the foot of the hill, almost down to the run, was countermarched, and formed into park on the top of the hill, behind and under cover of the woods.
Soon after, the battery was ordered and proceeded at once down the road, turned to the right near the foot of the hill, and came in battery