Number 211. Petersburg Campaign Report of Lieutenant Lafayette W. Lord, Forty-fifth Pennsylvania Infantry, of operations September 30

   

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in Part 1 (Serial Number 87)

Numbers 211. Report of Lieutenant Lafayette W. Lord, Forty-fifth Pennsylvania Infantry, of operations September 30.1

HDQRS. FORTY-FIFTH Regiment PENNSYLVANIA VET. VOLS.,
Near Poplar Spring Church, November 1, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to report that the colors of the Forty-fifth Regiment Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers were lost on the 30th of September under the following circumstances:

The regiment went into the fight with 230 men and became engaged about 4 p. m. The enemy made a charge forcing back the regiment on our right, flanking and compelling us to fall back. Our color bearer was wounded and taken prisoner. One of the color guard caught up the colors and tried to save them, but was supposed to be killed. In falling back, we rallied twice and fired as many volleys. The enemy’s cavalry turned our left flank and, getting into our rear, captured 8 officers and 177 men. We also lost 1 officer killed, 3 men killed and 15 wounded.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

L. W. LORD,

First Lieutenant, Commanding Forty-fifth Regiment Pennsylvania Vet. Vols.

Captain T. EDWARD AMES,

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

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), page 585

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