Number 162. Petersburg Campaign Report of Lieutenant Colonel Otho H. Binkley, One Hundred and Tenth Ohio Infantry, of operations June 13-July 6

   

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in Part 1 (Serial Number 80)

No. 162. Report of Lieutenant Colonel Otho H. Binkley, One hundred and tenth Ohio Infantry, of operations June 13-July 6.1

HEADQUARTERS 11OTH OHIO VOLUNTEERS, Camp in the Field, September 7, 1864.

LIEUTENANT:+

June 13, we evacuated the works after dark, leaving a strong skirmish line to cover the movement, and marched all night and most of the following day; crossed the Chickahominy and halted for the night. Marched at 4 o’clock on the morning of the 14th, passed Charles City Court-House, and rested for the night. Marched a short distance on the 15th. On the 16th moved close to James River and threw up breastworks, which we left in the evening. Marched to Wyanoke Landing and embarked on board the U. S.transport steamer. We steamed up James River, passed City Point just after dark, and landed at Point of Rocks, on the Appomattox, where we remained until daylight, when we marched about three miles and occupied fortifications at Bermuda Hundred. About 1 o’clock in the night we moved out with the balance of the brigade and formed for the purpose of assaulting the enemy’s works. The project was abandoned and we returned inside the fortifications. On our way back the enemy’s pickets, discovering the movement, opened fire, but did us no harm. We left the fortifications at

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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.741.

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Bermuda Hundred Sunday evening, 19th, crossed the Appomattox on a pontoon bridge at Point of Rocks, arriving near Petersburg after dark and remained for the night. On the 20th we remained quiet, the shells from one of the enemy’s forts passing along the front of our lines. On the evening of the 21st we marched about six miles, crossing the Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad. On the evening of the 22nd we charged the enemy’s lines and drove them before us. In this charge we had 4 men wounded. On the afternoon of the 23rd we erected breast-works, when we were ordered to the left to support the First Brigade, their skirmishers having been driven back. After the firing had ceased we moved back and occupied the position we had left the day before. On the 24th threw up works a little farther to the front, and went into camp. From the 24th to the 28th we remained inside of works, except when on picket or guard duty. On the 29th marched about six miles to Reams’ Station, on Petersburg and Weldon Railroad, where we remained all night tearing up the track. Two hundred of the One hundred and tenth were sent on picket. On the evening of June 30 commenced our return, and after marching three miles halted and rested for the night.

On July 1 remained quiet during the day and night, and on the morning of the 2nd returned to our old position near Petersburg and occupied the works previously occupied by the Second Division, Sixth Army Corps. On the 3rd, 4th, and 5th remained quiet, and on the 6th day of July marched to City Point, where we embarked on board the U. S. transport City of Albany, for Baltimore, Md.*

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. H. BINKLEY,

Lieutenant-Colonel 110th Ohio Volunteers, Commanding Regiment.

Lieutenant JOHN A. GUMP,

Actg. Asst. Adjt. General,2nd Brigadier,3rd Div.,6th Army Corps.

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*For continuation of report, see Vol. XXXVII, Part I, p.208.

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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 509-510

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