5th Battery (E) Light Artillery

Organized at Trenton, N.J., and mustered in September 8, 1863. Left State for Washington, D.C., September 26, 1863. Attached to Barry's Artillery Command, Defenses of Washington, 22nd Army Corps, to April, 1864. Artillery, 1st Division, 10th Army Corps, Army of the James, Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina, to August, 1864. Artillery Brigade, 10th Army Corps, to December, 1864. Artillery Brigade, 25th Army Corps, to June, 1865.



    Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., till April 22, 1864.

    Moved to Gloucester Point, Va., April 22.

    Butler's operations on south side of the James River and against Petersburg and Richmond May 4-28.

    Occupation of Bermuda Hundred and City Point, Va., May 5.

    Action at Swift Creek (or Arrowfield Church) May 9-10.

    Operations against Fort Darling May 12-16.

    Battle of Drury's Bluff May 14-16.

    Clover Hill Station May 14.

    Operations about Bermuda Hundred May 16-June 15.

    Petersburg June 9.

    Bermuda Hundred front June 16-17.

    Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865.

    Deep Bottom July 27.

    Dutch Gap August 13.

    Before Petersburg September 2-10.

    Battle of Chaffin's Farm September 28-30.

   Darbytown Road October 7.

    In trenches before Richmond till April, 1865.

    Occupation of Richmond April 3.

    Duty at Petersburg, City Point and Richmond till June.

    Mustered out June 11, 1865.


Battery lost during service 2 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 26 Enlisted men by disease. Total 28.





Battle Report Filed By Lt. Henry H. Metcalf, commanding the

5th Battery (E) Light Artillery*

*Lt. Metcalf was from the Third Rhode Island Artillery, but at the time of the battle was commanding the 5th New Jersey Battery.


October 9, 1864.

In obedience to circular dated October 8, from brigade headquarters, I have the honor to report the part my command took in the engagement of October 7, 1864.

By command of the chief of artillery I moved with the right half battery from its place in the intrenchments, and went into position in front of the white house on the right of the line. The enemy's fire was very accurate, and in taking the position three horses were killed. I immediately opened upon the charging column of the enemy, and they retreating, I turned to the artillery.

Every man did his duty, and where all did so well it would be impossible to mention any individual case.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,


First Lieutenant, Commanding Battery.

 Lieut. O. S. DEWEY,

Actg. Asst. Adjt. Gen., Artillery Brigade, Tenth Army Corps.