Number 90. Reports of Captain Lorenzo D. Bumpus, Fifty-seventh Pennsylvania Infantry, of operations October 27

   

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in Part 1 (Serial Number 87)

Numbers 90. Reports of Captain Lorenzo D. Bumpus, Fifty-seventh Pennsylvania Infantry, of operations October 27.1

HDQRS. FIFTY-SEVENTH PENNSYLVANIA VETERAN VOLS., October 30, 1864.

LIEUTENANT: In compliance with circular from headquarters Second Army Corps, dated October 29, 1864, I have the honor to submit the following report of operations of this regiment on the 27th instant:

We marched without interruption to the Boydton plank road, where we halted with the brigade. The enemy appeared to be in force in

front; lay massed in an open field near the plank for some time, then advanced about fifty rods into a corn-field, where we lay in line of battle for an hour under a hot shelling from the enemy’s batteries. At about 5 p. m. we were attacked on our right and rear. The enemy charged as our column was trying to change position, which threw our line into confusion, so that it was impossible to rally the men in the field; but after falling back to the woods formed line of battle and advanced, driving the enemy before us in great confusion. At this time some of our men caused about 200 of the enemy to surrender, and with a portion of the First Massachusetts Regiment brought them into our lines. At dark fell back a short distance; built a temporary breast-work of rails. Remained in this position until 10 p. m., when we marched out and returned to present position without further interruption.

Respectfully submitted.

L. D. BUMPUS,

Captain, Commanding.

Lieutenant C. W. FORRESTER,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
HDQRS. FIFTY-SEVENTH PENNSYLVANIA VETERAN VOLS., October 30, 1864.

LIEUTENANT: In compliance with circular from headquarters Second Army Corps, dated October 29, 1864, I have the honor to state that Adam Wert, private, Company K, caused about 200 of the enemy to lay down their arms, and was marching them in on the plank road when a portion of the First Massachusetts Regiment came to his assistance, and together they brought them into our lines. Also, about dark, Sergeant Slaven, of Company I, captured two of the enemy and brought them in.

Respectfully submitted.

L. D. BUMPUS,
Captain, Commanding.

Lieutenant C. W. FORRESTER,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

Source:

  1. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 1 (Serial Number 87), pages 377-378

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