Unit: 103rd New York
Unit Affiliation: Ferrero, Defenses of Bermuda Hundred, Army of the James
Title: History and Personal Sketches of Company I, 103 N. Y. S. V. 1862-1864
Author: Kimball, Orville S.
BTC’s Take: This book is fairly light on references to the Siege of Petersburg. The 103rd New York reached the Bermuda Hundred front on December 31, 1864 and was placed in Ferrero’s command in the defenses of Bermuda Hundred for the rest of the Siege. They fought no battles and only advanced on April 3, 1865, after Lee had evacuated Richmond and Petersburg. The only real references to the Siege in this book discuss their arrival, as well as how disgruntled some men of Company I were to be kept longer than what they thought was the expiration of their enlistment.
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BTC Siege of Petersburg Book Notes:
- This picket duty continued until December 20th. Again marching orders came and we packed up everything, pickets and safeguards called in, next day marched to Summit Point, Pa., where we took the cars and came to Washington, D. C. The orders were to proceed to Bermuda Hundred by boat but on account of the ice in the river and the red tape necessary to bring anything about we were on the boat two different times and again landed. We finally got off on our way down the Potomac River on the 28th, and on the 31st came to Jones landing on the north side of the James River. The next day we crossed the James on a pontoon bridge and marched up past Gen. Ferrero’s headquarters to the breastwork and encamped.1
- The trip to Washington was without particular incident but delayed there for three days on account of ice being frozen in the river, preventing navigation. At Alexandria another day’s delay, after which they steamed to Fortress Monroe to City Point and Bermuda Hundred Landing, where they arrived at 10 o’clock, p. m., of December 31st in a blinding snowstorm.2
Publisher: Facts Prtg Co
Publication Date: 1900
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