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2nd Battery Maine Light Artillery - Gettysburg Correspondence

We again bore the brunt of the battle at Gettysburg on the 1st day of July (ant the first of the fight). I was the advance 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 & 22 men in about one hour and a half - My loss in men was many of them slightly wounded and several taken prisoner so close was the action. We were so reduced in horses that we were obliged to drag two 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 they 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 of that day. On thursday and friday we were engaged on Cemetery Hill and suffered only slightly. - The victory on our part on friday the 3d 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 return for June will be forth coming.

I have the honor to be very Respectfully,

Genl John L. Hodsdon Your Obt. Servt.
Augusta, MaineJames A. Hall
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