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OR LI P1: Report of Captain James H. Hamlin, 145th PA, March 25, 1865

Report of Captain James H. Hamlin, One hundred and forty-fifth Pennsylvania Infantry, of operations March 25.1

March 26, 1865

LIEUTENANT: Pursuant to orders from headquarters First Division, Second Army Corps, of this date, requiring report of operations on the 25th instant, I have the honor to forward the following in regard to this command;

On the morning of the 25th instant orders were received to have the command in readiness to move at a moment’s notice; meantime, that the men should remain at the works in line. During this time there

was desultory firing on the picket-line. About 3 p. m. the regiment moved out with the brigade toward the scene of the firing, forming the right flank thereof. Arrived at the old reserve line of the picket, a position was taken in line with the brigade. In a short time, by order of the colonel commanding brigade, we moved to the left on the double-quick until we reached a position in the immediate rear of the Second Brigade, whence, still on the double-quick, we moved by the right flank until we connected with the One hundred and forty-eighth Pennsylvania Volunteers, which retained the original position. The movement to the left was considered as necessary in order to avoid a swamp in the advance to the last position. This was retained until the return to camp, which occurred about 12 p. m. of the 25th instant.

While in this last position 1 man was killed and 1 wounded in the regiment. I would also state as an instance of individual bravery worthy of notice, that Corporal Culbertson, of Company B, with Privates Hand and Tarno, of Company K, at this juncture, under a severe fire of musketry, advanced alone to the enemy’s lines, occupying three of his posts, Corporal Culbertson capturing and bringing in one prisoner. Privates Hand and Tarno remained some time in the occupied posts, firing at the enemy.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Captain, Commanding Regiment.

Lieutenant S. P. CORLISS,
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), pp. 304-305
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