"When We Fit for General Grant": Light Battery A, Massachusetts Field Artillery, in the Manœuvres at Manassas, Virginia, September, 1904 (Google eBook)
Roger Dyer Swaim
Printed at the Riverside Press, 1906 - Manassas (Va.) - 52 pages
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Page 50 - Instruction. — The captain of this battery, Captain Parker, is an enthusiastic worker, and this spirit pervades all his officers and men, so far as inspection could reveal this characteristic. All the enlisted men seemed to be fairly well instructed in their duties, and the non-commissioned officers understood the proper use of the sights and cutting of fuses.
Page 51 - It may be briefly stated that of the three field batteries reported upon, one is serviceable and could do effective work in a campaign. . . . It is evident from these reports that the First Massachusetts Battery is the only field battery that is suitably prepared either in equipment or instruction for field service.
Page 51 - The horses are of the proper weight and conformation for the work required, and with proper care, which they seem to get, should stand the work of a campaign. I can say unhesitatingly that this is the best militia field battery I have ever observed.
Page 36 - On the south of the house was an area which had apparently been a flower garden, inclosed by a fence on three sides, and by the house on the fourth; here Sergeant Whittier's gun was brought into action and completely masked by the fence and shrubbery.