Number 32. Siege of Petersburg Report of Captain Patrick H. Bird, Twenty-eighth Massachusetts Infantry, Second Brigade, of operations March 25

   

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No. 32. Report of Captain Patrick H. Bird, Twenty-eighth Massachusetts Infantry, Second Brigade, of operations March 25.1

HDQRS. TWENTY-EIGHTH MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTEERS,
March 27, 1865.

SIR: In compliance with circular from headquarters Second Brigade, First Division, Second Army Corps, March 26, 1865. I have the honor to report the following as the part taken by the Twenty-eighth Massachusetts Volunteers in the engagement on the 25th instant:

The regiment with the brigade broke camp at 9 a. m. and moved into the front line of works; remainder under arms in the works until 2 p. m., when it moved with the brigade into the woods in fronts of the works and

formed line of battle. We were attacked by the enemy, whom we repulsed two different times, with severe loss. We were relieved at dark by a regiment of the First Division, Fifth Corps. After being relieved we formed in rear of the First Division, Fifth Corps, where we remained until 12 p. m., when we moved with the brigade into our present encampment.

In this engagement we lost 4 commissioned officers wounded, viz: Lieutenant Colonel James Fleming, Captain John Connor, Captain Patrick McIntyre, and First Lieutenant Thomas J. Parker, and 7 enlisted men killed and 60 wounded, many of whom have doubtless since died.

I am, sir, very your obedient servant,

P. H. BIRD,
Captain, Commanding Twenty-eighth Massachusetts Volunteers.

Captain J. C. FOLEY,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

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 198-199

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