Title: The Cannoneer: Recollections of Service in the Army of the Potomac
Publisher: The National Tribune
Date: 1890
Author: Augustus Buell
Keywords: Battery B, Artillery
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The Cannoneer

The author of this account, Augustus Buell claims he served as a cannoneer or sometimes as an orderly delivering messages to the artillery. However, he was in reality not a cannoneer at all but a private in the 20th Regiment, New York Cavalry.1 Buell would later write for the National Tribune and created this book from articles he wrote for that paper. Some accounts Buell includes were written to Buell at the National Tribune by real members of the battery or other soldiers who witnessed the action.
    Although Buell would not arrive at Petersburg until December, long after Chamberlain was wounded, and even though he did not actually deliver orders to Chamberlain, he describes him on page 322 as,
"a cold, unlovable man, very brave and all that, but not dashing either in appearance or manner. He always reminded me of a professor of mathematics we had in college. Still, he was a gallant officer, and had more than once been desperately wounded while leading his troops in the most deadly assaults."
    As for being dashing, Chamberlain was never a fan of flashy epaulets or sashes, but took pride in a more humble appearance. (He was a bit more dashing before his wounding as photos will show.) Fashion was rather important to Buell, who uses his imagination to describe how every officer was dressed in his book. The modern reader might smile a bit at his description of Mitchell, "What a picture he was! His fine features aglow with the light of battle, his dark-grey eyes fairly black and flashing! He wore a splendid new uniform glittering in scarlet braid, a crimson sash, and morocco boots that came above his knees" pg 337
    General Griffin apparently did not share Buell's tastes, for as Gerrish relates in The Blue and Grey one page 405 when General Bartlett rode up in a new uniform he quipped, "Well, Bartlett, when will the rest of the circus arrive?"

Page 229 - 233 describes the June 18th attack at Petersburg where Chamberlain was wounded. This description is also copied into the History of the Fifth Massachusetts Battery, pg 877

Page 335 describes the battle of Quaker road where Battery B was under Chamberlain's command.