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OR XL P1 #25: Report of Captain Lucius H. Ives, 26th MI, July 26- 30, 1864

No. 25.

Report of Captain Lucius H. Ives, Twenty-sixth Michigan Infantry, of operations July 26- 30.1

September 24, 1864.

CAPTAIN: In compliance with circular from brigade headquarters calling for a report of the operations of my command at Deep Bottom, Va., from July 26 to 30, and from August 13 to 20, I have the honor to submit the following:

Broke camp before Petersburg the afternoon of July 26 and marched with the brigade to Deep Bottom, arriving there before daylight the morning of the 27th. Supported the skirmishers commanded by Colonel Lynch2, which drove the enemy from his first line and captured a battery of 4 pieces. In the afternoon were detached from the brigade and made a reconnaissance in the direction of Charles City road, charging a line of the enemy’s rifle-pits and developing his position.

The 28th and 29th were engaged in building works and doing picket duty. Returned with the brigade at night the 29th to our former position before Petersburg.+

Casualties the 27th of July-killed, 2; wounded, 3.

Very respectfully, your servant,

L. H. Ives,
Captain, Commanding Regiment.

Assistant Adjutant-General.


+ For continuation of report, see Vol. XLII, Part I.



  1. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), page 338
  2. SOPO Editor’s Note: Colonel James C. Lynch, 183rd PA, who was in command of the skirmish line on July 27, 1864.
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