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OR XL P1 #35: Report of Captain David A. Allen, 39th NY, June 12-July 30, 1864

No. 35.

Report of Captain David A. Allen, Thirty-ninth New York Infantry.+1


On the night of the 12th of June the regiment, with the division, left Cold Harbor and marched to the Chickahominy. Crossed about noon


+ For portion of report (here omitted) covering operations from May 3 to June 12, 1864, see Vol. XXXVI, Part I, p. 400.


on the 13th of June, and proceeded to Aiken’s landing, on the James River, where they crossed on the morning of the 15th of June, and on the night of the 15th halted about three miles from Petersburg, Va. On the afternoon of the 16th of June charged the enemy’s works at Tool’s farm, and, with the division, drove him from his position. In this engagement 1 line officer was wounded. On the morning of the 17th of June they advanced with the First Division on the enemy’s works, but found them so strongly posted, were ordered to retire to the entrenchments. On the 18th moved to the right to the assistance of the Second Division, in an assault on the enemy. On the 21st moved toward the Petersburg and Weldon road; met the enemy; skirmished with enemy. Were engaged on the 22d, but were driven back to the breast-works. Here the regiment remained until the 15th of July, when we were marched to the right and placed in reserve in the rear of the Fifth Corps. The regiment was engaged working on the fortifications until the 26th of July, when they were marched to the north side of James River, at Deep Bottom, and were in action on the 27th. On the 29th recrossed the river, marching all night; massed in rear of the Eighteenth Corps near Petersburg, Va., on the 30th of July, 1864.

Captain, Commanding Thirty-ninth Regiment New York Volunteers.


  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), pages 346-347
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