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OR XL P1 #31: Report of Lieutenant James E. Deno, 81st PA, June 12-July 31, 1864

No. 31.

Report of Lieutenant James E. Deno, Eighty-first Pennsylvania infantry.1

October 20, 1864.+


On the 12th [June] ordered to move at 8 p. m. Marched all night, crossed the Chickahominy, reaching the James River at 4 p. m., where we formed in line of battle and camped for the night. On the 14th crossed the river. On the 15th we moved in the direction of Petersburg, reaching the rear of Butler’s forces at night. The regiment marched at daybreak [16th], took up position on the left, then ordered to the right and charged. The fight continued the whole night, during which Captain Ginder, Company I, was killed. We, in conjunction with others, charged same evening and carried the works. Lieutenant Peters was killed and Lieutenant Williams wounded. On July 26 the regiment, in connection with the rest of the corps, were ordered to Deep Bottom. A portion of the brigade being ordered to charge the enemy’s works, the other portion were in support, amongst which our regiment was. On the night of the 29th we, in connection with others, crossed the James River and marched toward the front of Petersburg, where we remained in support of the Ninth Corps until the 31st.

Casualties during the fifth epoch, 1 killed and 1 wounded.

Respectfully submitted.

Lieutenant, Commanding Regiment.

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.


+ For portion of report (here omitted) covering operations from May 3 to June 12, 1864, see Vol. XXXVI, Part, p. 381.



  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 343
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