Voices from the Invaders

Foster's Raid

"About 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 17, the skirmishers of the [17th] Massachusetts Volunteers and [9th] New Jersey Volunteers having engaged the enemy, Battery H, [3rd] New York Artillery . . . was ordered to the front an posted on an elevation overlooking the railroad track. A few rounds of sperical case scattered the enemy, who took refuge in the woods. Battery B, [3rd] New York Artillery was then brought into position on the right of and close to the railroad track, and opened upon the bridge, which was visible at about 200 yards distance. Batteries E and I, [3rd] New York Artillery . . . now moved forward, opening on the railroad monitor and the enemy's battery on the other side of the bridge. The effect of this concentrated fire was very destructive. The railroad bridge, which had been fired by Lieutenant [George W.] Graham . . . was torn down in about half an hour and the enemy's battery and monitor completely silenced . . . . Between 3 and 4 p.m. . . . two regiments of the enemy's infantry formed across the railroad track, cheering and waving their colors, and charged upon Captain Morrison's battery [B, 3rd New York Artillery]. He opened upon them first with spherical case and then with double canister with deadly effect, literally mowing them down."
  Col. James H. Ledlie, 3rd New York Light Artillery, Chief of Artillery, commanding Artillery Brigade, reporting on engagement near Goldsboro, N.C., December 24, 1862

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