At the start of July, Colonel (Brevet Brigadier-General) Harvey Brown commanded the regiment. An 1818 graduate of West Point, Brown served in the Black Hawk, Seminole, and Mexican American Wars. At the start of the Civil War, he turned down a volunteers commission with a star, opting instead for the colonelcy of the newly formed 5th US Artillery.
Success at Santa Rosa Island, Florida, defending Fort Pickens, in October 1861 earned Brown a brevet to Brigadier-General and duty commanding the defenses of New York. And in July, Brown led troops suppressing the New York Draft Riots. But at the start of August, Brown came up on the retirement list. Though his retirement date was August 1, Cullum’s Register indicates Brown was “awaiting orders” and “was retained until the close of the war in the command of Ft. Schuyler, and on other duties.”
For ten days (August 1 through 10), Lieutenant-Colonel George Nauman held temporary command. Colonel Henry S. Burton was formally named to command the 5th on August 11, thus completing the transition.
Despite this change of command, for the third quarter of 1863, the 5th US Artillery offered a laudably complete set of returns, as reflected in the summaries:
An entry for every battery. And a line for the adjutant to boot!
- Battery A: At Portsmouth, Virginia with six 12-pdr Napoleons. Lieutenant James Gilliss’ battery remained with Getty’s Division, in the Department of Virginia and North Carolina.
- Battery B: Reporting at Martinsburg, West Virginia with six 3-inch Ordnance Rifles. Under Lieutenant Henry A. Du Pont, the battery was rushed to the Department of the Susquehanna during the Gettysburg Campaign. As the campaign closed, the battery remained as unassigned artillery in the Department of West Virginia.
- Battery C: At New York City, with six 12-pdr Napoleons. Though still allocated to the 1st Brigade of the Artillery Reserve, the battery was detached to New York after Gettysburg. Lieutenant Gulian V. Weir remained in command of this battery, though Captain Dunbar R. Ransom accompanied to command all artillery dispatched to quell the Draft Riot. By the end of September, the battery was at Camp Barry, Washington, D.C. Later in the fall, the battery rejoined the Army of the Potomac with Lieutenant Richard Metcalf in command (with Wier going to Battery L).
- Battery D: Reporting from Culpeper, Virginia with six 10-pdr Parrotts. Lieutenant Benjamin F. Rittenhouse remained at the post he assumed on July 2, after Lieutenant Charles Hazlett’s death at Little Round Top. The battery supported Fifth Corps.
- Battery E: At Chambersburg, Pennsylvania with six 12-pdr Napoleons. Lieutenant James W. Piper was in command. Dispatched in June to Pennsylvania, the battery remained in the Department of the Susquehanna.
- Battery F: At Warrenton, Virginia with six 10-pdr Parrotts. Lieutenant Leonard Martin remained in command this battery. The battery was assigned to Sixth Corps.
- Battery G: Port Hudson, Louisiana with six 12-pdr Napoleons. Lieutenant Jacob B. Rawles remained in command of this Nineteenth Corps battery.
- Battery H: At Chattanooga, Tennessee with four 12-pdr Napoleons and two 10-pdr Parrotts. This was “flip” from the previous quarter, but an accurate adjustment of the records. Captain George A. Kensel became artillery cheif for First Division, Fourteenth Corps. In his place Lieutenant Howard M. Burnham commanded. Burnham was killed when the battery was overrun on September 19. Lieutenant Joshua A. Fessenden stood in his place. At Chickamauga, the battery lost two officers, 25 men, battery wagon, forge, and all their caissons. Refitting in Chattanooga, the battery had sufficient limbers and caissons for the Napoleons, but only enough limbers for one Parrott.
- Battery I: Reporting at Camp Marshall, D.C. with four 3-inch Ordnance Rifles. Lieutenant Charles C. MacConnell remained in command of this battery, which was transferred from the Army of the Potomac for refitting and replacements. Most references indicate the battery was assigned to Camp Barry. And at least for a month Battery I was combined with Battery L for training. In November, the battery was combined with Battery C.
- Battery K: At Chattanooga, Tennessee with four 12-pdr Napoleons. Lieutenant David H. Kinzie, remained in command. The battery transferred, with the rest of the Twelfth Corps, from Virginia to Tennessee in October.
- Battery L: Also reporting at Camp Marshall, D.C., though Camp Barry is listed on returns, and with two 6-pdr field guns. Lieutenant Edmund D. Spooner’s battery recovering from the disaster of Winchester, earlier in June. Spooner would soon head west to take command of Battery H at Chattanooga. (Wier of Battery C transferred over to Battery L.)
- Battery M: At Stonehouse Mountain, Virginia with six 12-pdr Napoleons. Captain James McKnight’s battery transferred from Yorktown to the Sixth Corps, Army of the Potomac, in late July 1863. I like this placename, as it prompts me to search through correspondence with Bud Hall. Stone House Mountain (note the space) appears on Captain William H. Paine’s excellent map of the Culpeper area. It is close to Griffinsburg, west of Culpeper Courthouse.
- Adjutant: Reported from Fort Hamilton, were the headquarters was located. I’d like to put a name to this line. Lieutenant Henry A. Dupont had been the regimental adjutant up until July, when he took command of Battery B. However, Heitman’s Register indicates he was still officially the adjutant. Lieutenant Thomson P. McElrath was the regimental quartermaster, and also appeared on correspondence from August and September 1863 as adjutant.
Overall, these are the cleanest set of administrative details and reported cannon from any regimental summary thus far.
The smoothbore ammunition table is, as we would expect, full:
Seven batteries reporting:
- Battery A: 192 shot, 96 shell, 288 case, and 192 canister for 12-pdr Napoleons.
- Battery C: 61 shot and 112 case for 12-pdr Napoleons.
- Battery E: 192 shot, 64 shell, 192 case, and 64 canister for 12-pdr Napoleons.
- Battery G: 290 shot, 96 shell, 288 case, and 11(?) canister for 12-pdr Napoleons.
- Battery H: 142(?) shot, 64 shell, 171(?) case, and 100 canister for 12-pdr Napoleons.
- Battery L: 96 shot, 56 case, and 48 canister for 6-pdr field guns.
- Battery M: 288 shot, 96 shell, 288 case, and 96 canister for 12-pdr Napoleons.
Only two batteries with 3-inch Ordnance Rifles. So not many Hotchkiss lines to account for:
- Battery B: 209 canister, 296 percussion shell, and 164 fuse shell for 3-inch rifles.
- Battery I: 50 canister for 3-inch rifles.
For the next page, we can focus down on the Parrott columns:
Three batteries reporting quantities:
- Battery D: 193 shell, 360 case, and 160 canister for 10-pdr Parrott.
- Battery F: 480 shell, 480 case, and 144 canister for 10-pdr Parrott.
- Battery H: 54 shot, 240 shell, and 94 canister for 10-pdr Parrott.
The last page of rifled projectiles has Schenkl types:
We see a mix of 3-inch and 10-pdr calibers… which differed by a tenth of an inch:
- Battery B: 221(?) shell and 513 case for 3-inch rifles.
- Battery D: 599 shell for 10-pdr Parrotts.
- Battery F: 120 shell for 10-pdr Parrotts.
- Battery I: 318 case for 3-inch rifles.
With ammunition out of the way, we move to the small arms:
- Battery A: Twenty-seven Army revolvers and sixty-four horse artillery sabers.
- Battery B: Fourteen Army revolvers and 135 horse artillery sabers.
- Battery C: Three Army revolvers, one Navy revolver, and nineteen horse artillery sabers.
- Battery D: Thirteen Navy revolvers, fourteen cavalry sabers, and thirty-six horse artillery sabers.
- Battery E: Twelve Army revolvers and 107 horse artillery sabers.
- Battery F: Nineteen Army revolvers and twenty-six horse artillery sabers.
- Battery G: Twenty-one (?) horse artillery sabers.
- Battery H: Sixteen Navy revolvers, eight cavalry sabers, and thirty-nine horse artillery sabers.
- Battery I: Nine Army revolvers and ten horse artillery sabers.
- Battery K: Fifty-two Army revolvers and sixteen horse artillery sabers.
- Battery L: Nothing….. for the second straight quarter.
- Battery M: Twenty-four Navy revolvers and twenty horse artillery sabers.
- Adjutant: Twenty-seven horse artillery sabers.
In addition, the adjutant reported six nose bags, twenty-seven saber belts, eight bridles, five currycombs, six girths, six halters, five horse brushes, five lariats, four picket pins, six Model 1859 pattern saddles, six sweat-leathers, two surcingles, six artillery-type saddle blankets, six sets of spurs, and six screw-drivers. And as mentioned above, Lieutenant P. McElrath was likely the officer accounting for those items – either as the adjutant or the quartermaster. And once again…. all government property was accounted for.