Number 133. Siege of Petersburg Report of Major William G. Williams, One hundred and twenty-sixth Ohio Infantry, commanding Sixty-seventh Pennsylvania Infantry, of operations March 25

   

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No. 133. Report of Major William G. Williams, One hundred and twenty-sixth Ohio Infantry, commanding Sixty-seventh Pennsylvania Infantry, of operations March 25.1

HDQRS. SIXTY-SEVENTH Regiment PENNSYLVANIA VOLS.,
April 16, 1865.

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to make the following statement of the part in which the Sixty-seventh Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers was engaged on the 25th ultimo:

The regiment formed the line of battle about twenty-five yards in rear of the Sixth Maryland and One hundred and twenty-sixth Ohio Volunteers, who formed the front line of battle. The regiment was ordered to charge the enemy’s picket-line at the same time as the preceding regiments. It being the first time that the greater part of the regiment had ever been under fire, they were somewhat confused for a moment, as the enemy had a very strong picket-line and my regiment had to advance under a severe fire of musketry from the enemy.

Sergt. William A. Rager, of Company E, who carried the national colors, made himself conspicuous in this engagement; the flag-staff was

half shot off close to his left hand and twenty-two balls passed through the colors, but the sergeant planted his flag on the light works which the enemy had thrown up up quite as soon as color-sergeants of the regiments preceding him.

Out of 511 in this engagement the regiment lost 2 killed and 11 wounded.

I am, captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. G. WILLIAMS,
Major 126 Ohio Vols., Commanding 67th Pennsylvania Volunteers.

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

Source:

  1. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), pages 314-315

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