Number 143. Siege of Petersburg Report of Major Samuel K. Schwenk, Fiftieth Pennsylvania Infantry, of operations March 25

   

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No. 143. Report of Major Samuel K. Schwenk, Fiftieth Pennsylvania Infantry, of operations March 25.1

HDQRS. FIFTIETH PENNSYLVANIA VET. VOL. INFANTRY,
March 29, 1865.

MAJOR: Pursuant to instructions to forward a report of the operations of this regiment in the action of Saturday, the 25th instant, I have

the honor to report that I received orders at 4.30 a.m. to send all the men with arms, except the pickets, to brigade headquarters, and immediately sent ninety men, the whole number in camp with arms, in charge of Captain Charles E. Brown, Company C, and First Lieutenant Wilbur H. Wilcox, Company D, who reported at Second Brigade headquarters at 4.50 a.m. and were assigned a position in an old fort beyond brigade headquarters and soon afterward occupied old rifle-pits, constructed about 400 yards southeast of Fort McGilvery and running at right angles with the main line, where they at once commenced firing upon the flank of the enemy’s advancing line and kept up a brisk fire until the flank of the enemy’s advancing line and kept up a brisk fire until the enemy was repulsed and our entire line reoccupied.

The casualties were two men very slightly wounded, and Captain Brown reports that all the men behaved very well and fired with great accuracy and effect.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

SAML. K. SCHWENK,
Major, Commanding Regiment.

Bvt. Major C. A. LOUNSBERRY,
Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, 2nd Brigadier, 1st Div., 9th 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 330-331

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