War of the Rebellion: Serial 016 Page 0213 Chapter XXIV. CEDAR MOUNTAIN, VA.

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Numbers 48. Report of Lieutenant J. C. Carpenter, Carpenter's Virginia Battery.


August 14, 1862.

SIR: In obedience to circular issued from Headquarters Valley District on the 13th instant, I have to make the following report of the part taken by this battery in the action at Cedar Run on August 9:

I received orders early int he afternoon to take my Parrott piece to the front, which was promptly executed, placing it in position within 700 yards of five or six pieces of the enemy. Major Andrews thinking it would be rather an unequal contest, ordered [me] not [to] commence firing until Captain Poague could bring his [guns] in position, when we commenced firing, which was soon returned most vigorously; but a short time sufficed to force them back some 300 yards, when we advanced about half that distance, where we kept up firing until their infantry, who attempted to flank us, where within 150 or 200 yards of us and our infantry falling back past us. Moving to the right some 200 yards [we] came into position again, the infantry still falling back. I again limbered up and, from carelessness of the drivers, broke the pole, when with difficulty [we] got the piece off, leaving the limber on the field, which I had repaired as soon as the Yankees were driven back, being ready for service by 9 o'clock. The other three pieces were brought up under range of the enemy's guns, but not ordered into position.

The detachment which was engaged deserves particular notice as having done their duty, some two or three of them having exhausted themselves so [they] felt unable to do anything. Sending word back to the captain, he started to bring me a new detachment, when he was wounded in the forehead. W. M. McAllister (private) shot through the arm; the only man wounded. I also have to report Private William J. Winn as having left the company that morning without leave, and not being seen till the next day, which he has been in the habit of doing.


Lieutenant, Commanding Battery.

Colonel RONALD,

Commanding First Brigade, Valley District.

Numbers 49. Report of Captain William T. Poague, Rockbridge (Va.) Artillery.


August 14, 1862.

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by the battery under my command in the battle of the 9th instant at Cedar Run:

About 3 p. m., by order of Major Andrews, two Parrott guns were taken to the front along the road leading to Culpeper Court-House. These, along with Captain Carpenter;s Parrott piece, were, by direction of Major Andrews, posted in the road so as to enfilade the enemy's batteries, then engaging our batteries on the right. The caissons were left