Number 125. Petersburg Campaign Report of Captain Guy W. Fuller, Sixteenth Michigan Infantry

   

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in Part 1 (Serial Number 80)

No. 125. Report of Captain Guy W. Fuller, Sixteenth Michigan Infantry.1

HDQRS. SIXTEENTH MICHIGAN INFANTRY VET. VOLS.,
August 8, 1864.

LIEUTENANT: ++

FIFTH EPOCH.

On the night of the 12th [June] the regiment, under command of Captain Guy W. Fuller, moved with the corps (100 men being on picket at the time) toward the Chickahominy, crossing that river at Long Bridge on the morning of the 13th, the regiment not being engaged. In the evening

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++ For portion of report (here omitted) covering operations from May 4 to June 12, 1864, see Vol. XXXVI, Part I, p.583.

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of the same day marched toward the James River, marching all night, halting at noon of the 14th near Charles City Court-House for an hour, and then moving to within a short distance of the river, near Wilcox’s Landing. About midnight occupied breast-works vacated by Second Corps, and on the morning of the 16th crossed the James River on transports and at once took up the line of march for Petersburg. At 1 o’clock on the morning of the 17th went into line of battle near Barton’s house. On the morning of the 18th moved to the left, taking up position in the second line, and at dusk moving forward to the support of the First Brigade. Threw up breast-works and remained in this position without being engaged until night of the 20th, when, being relieved, Colonel Norval E. Welch being in command, rejoined brigade and bivouacked for the night. On the morning of the 21st moved to the left, taking position on the left of the Second Division and erecting breast-works. From that time until the 30th of July the regiment has remained in the front line, advancing the line and throwing up new breast-works once, having no particular engagement with the enemy. On the 30th the regiment took part in the demonstration against the enemy, keeping a continuous musketry fire during five hours, the enemy making very little reply.

During the operations above detailed the regiment has lost an aggregate of 160 officers and men, killed, wounded, and missing, in actual engagements.*

G. W. FULLER,

Captain, Commanding Regiment.

Lieutenant L. C. BARTLETT,

Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, Third Brigadier, First Div., Fifth Corps.

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*From May 5, 1864.

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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 466-467

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