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OR LI P1: Report of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas B. Rodgers, 140th PA, March 25, 1865

Report of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas B. Rodgers, One hundred and fortieth Pennsylvania Infantry, of operations March 25.1

March 26, 1865.

CAPTAIN: In compliance with orders this day received I have the honor to make the following report of operations of the One hundred and fortieth Pennsylvania Volunteers during the engagement of yesterday:

After arriving on the ground beyond our picket-line, in obedience to orders of the brigade commander, I formed my command on the line of rifle-pits that had been abandoned by the enemy’s pickets, taking position between the Sixty-first New York on the left and the Twenty-sixth Michigan on the right. While here we several times re-established the skirmish line of another brigade in our immediate front by driving them back to the line they had left without good reason. Two several attacks of the enemy were successfully repulsed; one between 3 and 4 p. m. and the other between 5 and 7 p. m. After dark I sent out vedettes of my own regiment, who remained on post until relieved by the Eighty-first Pennsylvania, under order from the brigade commander. I then deployed my regiment so as to connect on the right with the Twenty-sixth Michigan, which had moved farther to the right, and remained in this position until we were ordered to fall in and march back to camp. The officers and men of the regiment behaved well, as they always have done. I regret to have to mention that Captain J. F. Wilson was severely wounded early in the action. He is a gallant, faithful, and efficient officer, and his loss will be felt by the regiment. One enlisted man was killed and 3 were wounded.

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

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding 140th Pennsylvania Volunteers.

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.]



  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), p. 300
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