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OR LI P1: Report of Major George W. Schaffer, 61st NY, March 25, 1865

Report of Major George W. Schaffer, Sixty-first New York Infantry, of operations March 25.1

March 26, 1865.

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to transmit herewith a report of the operations of this regiment during the late engagement, March 25, 1865:

I relieved Captain J. D. Cook at 11 a. m.; at 11.30 a. m. I was ordered by Captain William McCallister, acting assistant adjutant-general, to move

the regiment forward in line of battle and take position in rear of picket-line formerly occupied by the enemy. About 4 p. m. the enemy advanced upon us and were driven back without loss to the regiment. It is supposed to have been only a heavy skirmish line. We advanced about twenty-five yards, when I received orders from Captain McCallister to fall tot he rear and on our original line; I did so. Upon taking position I ordered a line of breast works to be thrown up. About 7 p. m. a line of vedettes was posted in front of regiment, under command of Lieutenant Cole. At 8 p. m. were relieved by the Eighty-first Pennsylvania Volunteers, when I was ordered to deploy the regimental front, so as to connect with the One hundred and fortieth Pennsylvania Volunteers on our right; I did so. About midnight I was ordered by Captain McCallister to face the regiment to the left and file after him; I did so, whereupon we were conducted to camp, arriving there about 1 a. m. on the morning of the 26th.

I am, captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Major, Commanding Regiment.

Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, 1st Brig., 1st Div., 2nd Army Corps.



  1. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume LI, Part 1 (Serial Number 107), pp. 298-299
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