Number 172. Siege of Petersburg Report of Lieutenant William A. Corrie, Eighth Pennsylvania Cavalry, of operations February 5-7

   

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No. 172. Report of Lieutenant William A. Corrie, Eighth Pennsylvania Cavalry, of operations February 5-7.1

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTH PENNSYLVANIA CAVALRY,
February 16, 1865.

Report of operations of the Eighth Pennsylvania Cavalry from February 5 to 7, inclusive:

February 5, command moved at 3 a.m., taking the plank road to Gary’s Church; thence to Reams’ Station, reaching that place at daylight; thence to Rowanty Creek, when the regiment was ordered on the advance. Moved on to Dinwiddie Court-House, the first battalion charging through, capturing nine wagons and ten prisoners; moved back to Rowanty Creek and bivouacked for the night.

February 6, moved at 1 a.m., taking the old stage road to near the Quaker road, where we rejoined the infantry and moved back across Gravelly Run. The enemy advanced on us in force; the brigade of Fifth Corps broke, and the Fourth Regiment and first battalion of Eighth Pennsylvania Cavalry charged the enemy; the Fourth Regiment Pennsylvania Cavalry breaking, we were compelled to fall back a short

distance, and formed in the field. Dismounted and charged the enemy, driving them back; the infantry, rallying, advanced and drove them to their breast-works.

February 7, standing to horse all day. Received orders to moved to Yellow House and picket.

W. A. CORRIE,
Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Regiment.

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), pp. 369-370

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