Number 76. Siege of Petersburg Report of Captain John B. Fite, One hundred and tenth Pennsylvania Infantry, of operations March 25

   

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No. 76. Report of Captain John B. Fite, One hundred and tenth Pennsylvania Infantry, of operations March 25.1

HDQRS. 110TH REGIMENT PENNSYLVANIA VETERAN VOLS.,
March 27, 1865.

CAPTAIN: In compliance with a circular from your headquarters I have the honor to make the following report of the part which this regiment took in the engagement on the left of the brigade, March 25, 1865:

We charged the enemy about 2.30 p.m., driving him from his picket-line, capturing thirty prisoners. The distance charged was about 350

yards. We held our new position and commenced turning the captured pits to convert them to our own use, when, about sunset, the enemy came in upon our left flank with an overwhelming force. The troops on the left commenced to water, and finally broke, leaving our left flank unprotected. We contested the ground as stubbornly as the same amount of men could, when it became obvious that we had but two alternatives-to fall back, or be captured in the pits. After having fallen back about 150 yards, we reformed and rallied again; but finding our force insufficient to regain the pits previously lost we retired about 150 yards from the enemy’s pits, reformed our line on the left of the First Maine Heavy Artillery, commenced putting up temporary works, where we remained until relieved about 12.30 a.m. March 26, 1865.

Our entire loss is, 3 killed, 8 wounded, and 10 missing.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. B. FITE,
Captain, Commanding 110th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers.

[Captain JAMES M. LINNARD,
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 234-235

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