War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 1020 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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tween the Court-House and the Church, expecting thereby to distract our attention and so get an opportunity to press forward his infantry for assault. Most likely his chief effort will be made near the corner where the road from the Court-House toward Massaponax Church crosses our line. That region of our line is deemed less strong than some others. It has been examined, and its defense arranged by General Smith, engineer, Colonel Walker, whose proper command is there, General Long, and myself, but we wish your judgment exercised also upon it. Besides, a few more guns near there in reserve, or in position on the line, may be valuable, and we shall have to depend on your reserve for them, as all Walker's and Long's are exhausted. Will you be so good as to visit the locality in the morning as soon as you can see at all, and have up near there in some safe place say an additional battery - any additions you deem important. Please confer with Colonel Walker about it, if you can find him; he is at the Frazier house, on the left hand, as you go from your headquarters to the Court-House. If you cannot see him, arrange for what you deem best with Lieutenant-Colonel Richardson, commanding the guns near there.

Very truly, your obedient servant,


Brigadier-General and Chief of Artillery.

Shells are pretty lively all about the Court-House, and between there and the Frazier house.

Report of ammunition in the ordnance trains of the artillery, Army of Northern Virginia, May 18, 1864.

Rounds of - First Second Third Grand

Corps. Corps. Corps. Total.

Napoleon shell 170 72 176 418

Napoleon shot 208 --- 136 344

Napoleon case 960 104 1,000 2,064

Napoleon 8 --- 16 24


3-inch rifle 920 140 580 1,640


3-inch rifle --- --- 54 54


10-pounder 982 432 572 1,986

Parrott shell

10-pounder --- --- 18 18



20-pounder 272 288 72 632

Parrott shell

20-pounder --- 8 --- 8



24-pounder 72 --- 24 96

howitzer case

24-pounder 72 --- --- 72

howitzer shell

12-pounder 170 --- --- 170

howitzer shell

Total 3,834 1,044 2,588 7,466

ammunition in

each ordnance




Richmond, May 18, 1864.

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XV. Colonel P. T. Moore, Provisional Army, C. S., is temporarily assigned to duty in organizing and placing in the field the reserve forces of Virginia, and will report to Brigadier General J. L. Kemper, commanding, & c., in this city.

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By command of the Secretary of War:


Assistant Adjutant-General.