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James A. Hall Transcript

Headqrs. 2nd Maine Battery
Near Funkstown Md,
July 11, 1863


I would most respectfully suggest the following names for promotion in the 2nd Maine Battery, 1st Lt. William L.Ulmer to be Captain and Orderly Sergeant John Montgomery to be 2nd Lieut. Lieut. Perry I am aware is the senior Lieut. But was detached last March to serve with General Tillson and it was then agreed between himself and the other lieuts  that he waived his right to promotion in the battery and he has since informed me he should decline the position.

Lieut. Ulmer has shown himself a worthy officer and the battery I feel assured will sustain itself under his command. Please lay these names before the Governor as early as possible as I am anxious to have the old battery fully officered as soon as possible.

We again bore the brunt of the battle at Gettysburg.  On the 1st day of the fight (and the first of the fight) I was the advance of the Artillery of the Army of the Potomac and was engaged for more than an hour before any battery came to our assistance. And you may well know we got badly hurt.  36 horses and 22 men in about an hour and a half. My loss in men was many of them slightly wounded and several taken prisoners so close was the action. We were so reduced in horses that we were obliged to drag to guns off by hand. The boys fought like the d**** never better. You may judge when I tell you that many of our horses were not shot but bayoneted that it was a close and desperate struggle for our guns two of which the actually had hold of at one time. I have seen hard fighting before and been badly smashed up, but I never saw a battery taken from the field and its guns saved in so bad a state as the Old Second came off that day. On Thursday and Friday we were engaged on Cemetery Hill and suffered only slightly.  The victory on our part on Friday was most glorious.

We are in line of battle and momentarily expecting a battle although I think at times Lee has escaped. As soon as we get into Camp the monthly returns for you will be forthcoming

I have the honor
to be Very Respectfully
Your Ob’t Serv’t
James A. Hall

Gen’l John L. Hodsdon
Augusta, Maine