Number 163. Petersburg Campaign Report of Colonel William H. Ball, One Hundred and Twenty-Second Ohio Infantry, of operations June 13-July 6

   

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in Part 1 (Serial Number 80)

No. 163. Report of Colonel William H. Ball, One hundred and twenty-second Ohio Infantry, of operations June 13-July 6.1

HDQRS.122nd REGIMENT OHIO INFANTRY VOLS., September 10, 1864.

LIEUTENANT: +

FIFTH PERIOD.

Took position [14th] near Charles City Court-House and entrenched. On the afternoon of the 16th marched to James River, at Wilcox’s Landing, and embarked for Bermuda Hundred, where we arrived about 1 a.m. of the 17th; thence moved immediately to the lines occupied by General Butler. At 2 a.m. of the 18th marched in front of General Butler’s lines, One hundred and twenty-second in fourth line. Returned to place of bivouac at daylight. On the afternoon of the 18th moved a mile to the right and occupied intrenchments. On the evening of the 19th marched to the left, crossed the Appomattox at Point of Rocks, and bivouacked two miles north of Petersburg, where we remained until the afternoon of the 21st, when we marched to the left and took position four miles south of Petersburg and entrenched. On

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+For portion of report [here omitted] covering operations from May 4 to June 13, 1864, see Vol. XXXVI, Part I, p.745.

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the 22nd advanced half a mile, with skirmishers actively engaged. Returned to former position. Late in the afternoon advanced again, One hundred and twenty-second in second line, and charged the enemy, who fled with but little resistance; continued to advance in line until after dark; having advanced two miles, bivouacked. On the 23rd intrenched; heavy skirmishing, but regiment not engaged. In the evening returned to the position taken on the 21st. On the evening of the 28th [29th] moved to the left and reached Reams’ Station on the Weldon railroad. The One hundred and twenty-second being in the second line took no part in the construction of the defensive works at that place. Returned to the intrenchments to the left of and near our former position on the morning of the 29 of July. On the morning of the 6th of July marched to City Point and embarked for Baltimore, Md.

It is due to the officers and men of my command that I state that they did not on any occasion during that terrible campaign-terrible alike for fatigue and danger-hesitate to obey any command to move upon the enemy, nor did they on any occasion retire from the conflict or from their position unless ordered to do so. It is also worthy of notice that at no time during the campaign could the regiment rely upon having an hour’s rest.

I append a tabular statement of the losses during the campaign:

W. H. BALL,

Colonel 122nd Ohio Volunteers.

[Lieutenant JOHN A. GUMP,

Asst. Adjt. General, Second Brigadier, Third Div., Sixth Corps.]

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 510-511

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