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1864 Report

Troops in the Field

2d/3d Batteries

The SECOND BATTERY OF LIGHT ARTILLERY have been stationed at Port Hudson, La., during the year, performing garrison duty, varied by occasional expeditions into the interior. The term of service of the original members having expired, those of them who had not re-enlisted, twenty in all, were mustered out of the service of the United States on the 20th of September. The battery has been largely re-inforced by recruits and transfer from the First Battery, and still retains its organization. The changes during the year have been as follows: -- Mustered out of service 20; Discharged 11; Deserted 4; Died 8; Total 43.

The following Table shows the condition of the Battery at the dates specified: --

SECOND VERMONT BATTERY

A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H.
Sep. 30, '63 Port Hudson, La. 108 77 25 6 - -
Nov. 16, '63 "99 71 24 4 - -
Dec. 15, '63 "92 74 16 2 - -
Jan. 15, '64 "92 75 9 6 - 2
Feb. 15, '64 "133 111 19 2 - 1
Mar. 15, '64 "140 112 24 - 2 2
April 15, '64 "139 95 18 19 2 5
May 15, '64 "131 85 21 21 - 4
June 15, '64 "129 104 19 2 - 4
July 15, '64 "166 117 40 1 1 7
Sept. 1, '64 "136 90 38 1 - 7
Sep. 30, '64 "131 88 38 1 - 4

TheTHIRD BATTERY OF LIGHT ARTILLERY left Burlington Jan. 15th, 1864, and arrived at Washington on the 18th, where they were stationed at Camp Barry, under drill, until the 25th of April, when they were attached to the Ninth Army Corps, and immediately crossed the Potomac and proceeded to Alexandria, Va. They left Alexandria on the 27th and arrived at Bristow Station on the 28th, and on the 29th returned to Manassas Junction to guard the railroad. On the 5th they crossed the Rappahannock, at Rappahannock Station, and on the morning of the 6th crossed the Rapidan at Germania Ford and joined the Ninth Corps at the Wilderness, but were not engaged. From the Wilderness to James River the Battery with other batteries and a division of cavalry, moved on the left flank and rear of the main army to cover the base of supplies and protect the trains, having severe service, but not being engaged.

On the 17th of June the command crossed James river at Wilcox Landing, and encamped a mile above, on the River bank, where they were subjected to a severe fire from batteries of the enemy on the north side of the River, and were compelled to withdraw out of range, being in such position, that they could not reply. On the 18th they moved to a position in front of Petersburgh; and since the 20th of June they have been active participants in the siege of that place, having almost daily an artillery duel with the enemy, and at times, as on the occasion of the unfortunate assault of the 20th of July, being engaged in sharp action with the enemy's batteries. Capt. Start reports, that the conduct of the officers and men, since the commencement of the campaign, amid all its danger, hardships and great privations, has been all that he could desire. I annex his detailed Report in Appendix C.

The casualties in the Battery have been as follows: -- Discharged 1; Deserted 5; Died 12; total 18.

The following Table shows the condition of the Battery at the dates specified:--

THIRD VERMONT BATERY

A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H.
Jan. 1, '64 Camp Barry. 151 148 3 - - -
Jan. 31, '64 "147 131 15 1 - -
Feb. 29, '64 "142 128 14 - - -
Mar. 31, '64 "143 128 15 - - -
Apr. 30, '64 Manassas Junction. 147 138 9 - - -
May 31, '64 Hanovertown, Va. 147 132 15 - - -
June 30, '64 In the field, Va. 147 123 24 - - -
July 31, '64 Before Petersburgh 146 114 32 - - -
Aug. 31, '64 "140 106 34 - - -

Legend:
A - Date
B - Station
C - Aggregate
D - On duty
E - Sick
F - Absent with leave
G - Absent without leave
H - In arrest or confinement
I - Prisoner of War

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