Number 123. Petersburg Campaign Report of Captain Benjamin F. Meservey, Eighteenth Massachusetts Infantry, of operations June 12-July 20

   

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in Part 1 (Serial Number 80)

No. 123. Report of Captain Benjamin F. Meservey, Eighteenth Massachusetts Infantry, of operations June 12-July 20.1

HDQRS. EIGHTEENTH MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTEERS,
Camp near Fort Concoran, Va., August-, 1864.

LIEUTENANT:+

FIFTH EPOCH.

On the morning of the 13th [June] it crossed the Chickahominy on pontoons, and rested near the bridge till the Second Corps had crossed,

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+ For portion of report (here omitted) covering operations from May 23 to June 12, 1864, see Vol. XXXVI, Part I, p.578.

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when it resumed the march toward Charles City Court-House, which place it reached about 11 a.m. June 14, and was placed in position covering Wilcox’s Ferry, on the James River. June 16, crossed the James on a ferry-boat, and marched over a very dusty road to the fortifications before Petersburg. June 18, the division was engaged, but the Third Brigade was held in reserve. June 19 and 20, the regiment was in rear of the line of battle as a support. On the latter date Major Weston returned and assumed command. On the 21st the regiment was moved farther to the left, and during the night assisted in erecting a line of earth-works, which it occupied till the 20th day of July, when it was ordered to proceed to Washington, on account of its term of service being about to expire.

B. F. MESERVEY,

Captain, Eighteenth Massachusetts Volunteers.

Lieutenant L. C. BARTLETT,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

Source:

  1. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), pages 464-465

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