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OR LI P1: Report of Colonel James P. McIvor, 170th NY, commanding 2/2/II/AotP, March 25, 1865

Report of Colonel James P. McIvor, One hundred and seventieth New York Infantry, commanding brigade, of operations March 25.1

March 28, 1865.

MAJOR: In compliance with Special Orders, Numbers 77, headquarters Second Army Corps, March 27, 1865, I have the honor to report the following operations of this brigade on the 25th instant:

In obedience to orders from headquarters Second Division, Second Army Corps, tents were struck, and the baggage packed and the command held in readiness to move on the morning of the 25th instant. The regiments of the brigade posted at the breast-works in front of their respective camps. At about 10 a. M. the brigade picket-line was advanced a distance of one quarter of a mile, having a slight skir-

mish with the enemy, during which Lieutenant Colonel William De Lacy, One hundred and sixty-fourth New York Volunteers, division officer of the day, was severely wounded.

The pickets of the Fifth Army Corps, connecting with our brigade on the left, having failed to advance, the enemy’s skirmishers closed in upon the left of our line, capturing 2 and killing 1 of the Eighth New York Heavy Artillery, at the same time causing our whole line to fall back. At this juncture the One hundred and fifty-fifth New York Volunteers was sent forward to occupy the rifle-pits on the north bank of the run, in which position they remained until night. Our force on the skirmish line was doubled and again about the distance above stated, where it remained until night, when it fell back to the line now occupied. During the night of the 25th the command was extended along the interior works so as to cover the ground previously occupied by the First Brigade. At about 2 a. m. on the 26th instant the troops were ordered to return to camp.

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

Colonel, Commanding Brigade.

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. 306-307
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