3 months ago
5th Company of the Washington Artillery
I’m really excited about portraying them at Missionary Ridge, and my kit is almost complete. Just waiting on the cap and some modifications to my knapsack, and I’ll be good to go! I love looking at their photos and zooming in on portions of the images. Can’t wait for a cap like the one most of them are wearing. Most of these were taken in camp near New Orleans before they joined the army at Corinth.
Here is just an excerpt from Capt. Slocomb’s report after Missionary Ridge. The battery lost all its guns after the infantry fled and the horses were mostly killed.
"Steadily, however, they advanced, my fire compelling them only to abandon my immediate front and bear off from it to the right and left. This movement exposed their flank to a ranking fire from my right half-battery, from which they sought shelter behind a swell in the slope of a hill farther to the right...At this stage of the engagement, considering the defection of the infantry around me, the exhausted state of my limber chests and the difficulty of removing artillery from the ridge, I might have been warranted in wiithdrawing of my battery...I ordered my right half-battery to be turned upon the enemy on the ridge, and I sent for a fresh supply of ammunition...one limber chest reached me, and that only by running the gauntlet of the enemy's fire...My fire had been speedily opened and its effect was marked, when a shell from one of the batteries in the valley exploded both the limber chests of the Napoleon guns of my right half-battery, shattering the chests and carriages, killing and disabling most of the horses, and so entangling the remainder as to require cutting them out of the harness...After reaching and loading my two remaining guns under a volley from the enemy, now within 30 yards of their muzzles...my cannoneers were ordered to save themselves."
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