Number 202. Petersburg Report of Lieutenant Colonel Martin P. Avery, Sixtieth Ohio Infantry, of operations September 30 – October 6

   

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in Part 1 (Serial Number 87)

Numbers 202. Report of Lieutenant Colonel Martin P. Avery, Sixtieth Ohio Infantry, of operations September 30 – October 6.1

HEADQUARTERS SIXTIETH OHIO VOLUNTEER INFANTRY,
Pegram House, Va., October 17, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by this command in the engagements from the 30th of September to the 6th of October, inclusive:

On the 30th the regiment was the sixth battalion in the brigade and marched with it during the day. Whey the brigade fell back to the

second line it formed the extreme left of the front line, the battalion on the left having been placed to protect the left flank. It remained there until the line on the right had fallen back. Owing to the formation of the ground we could not see the enemy until he was in rear of both our flanks, when we fell back to the third line formed by the brigade. In doing so the regiment got into considerable confusion, owing to the nature of the ground over which we had to pass and the fact that we were receiving a galling fire from both flanks and the front, which we were unable to return. The regiment was not under fire again that day. Our loss was —– wounded (which were brought off the field) and —– missing. (See inclosed list of names.*) On the 1st of October we marched with the brigade and that night were on picket duty, but had no casualties. On the morning of the 2nd Major Stearns took command and continued to have command until after the 6th, but during the time there were no casualties.

Respectfully submitted.

M. P. AVERY,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

Captain THOMAS MATHEWS,

Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, 2nd Brigadier, 1st Div., 9th Army Corps.

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* See p. 141.

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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 572-573

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