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OR XL P1 #39: Report of Captain Robert H. Milliken, 69th NY, June 13-July 30, 1864

No. 39.

Report of Captain Robert H. Milliken, Sixty-ninth New York Infantry.1

October 16, 1864.



Marched to the Chickahominy, which we crossed on the 13th [June], reaching the James River near Wilcox’s Landing, that evening; threw up breast-works.

Crossed the James on the night of the 14th, and marched to the formed line in front of the enemy’s works. We secured an advantageous position, which we held until the morning of the 17th, when the enemy fell back to a rear line of works. About 10 o’clock at night we moved to the right about five miles, our brigade being temporarily detached and sent as a support to the Third Division.

We advanced on the morning of the 18th through the woods, but were not engaged. In the afternoon we threw up a line of entrenchments and remained in position behind them until the night of the 20th, when we moved to the left two miles and halted for the night, and resumed our march to the left next morning, proceeding about five miles, when we struck the enemy. Put up entrenchments, remained in them for the night, and advanced through the woods along a by-path, a distance of about one miles and a half. Formed line of battle. Remained in this position for about half an hour, when we were attacked in front, on the left flank, and in rear, compelling us to retire in confusion to the works constructed the night previous. Encamped here until the 8th of July, when we moved to the Jerusalem plank road, doing picket duty there until the morning of the 9th, when we were withdrawn and marched to a position near Petersburg, where we went into camp and remained until the 26th of July, when we broke camp and marched to Deep Bottom, crossing the Appomattox and James Rivers, reaching there on the morning of the 27th at 4 a. m. Formed line of battle in front of the enemy. Remained in position on the enemy’s front and doing picket duty until the evening of the 29th of July, when we marched back to our former position in front of Petersburg, reaching there on the morning of the 30th of July, at 4 a. m., when

we again formed line of battle. Remained in this position during the assault on Petersburg. Returned to our old camp that evening. No casualties.

I remain, lieutenant, your obedient servant,

Captain, Commanding Sixty-ninth Regiment.

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Consolidated Brigade.

Casualties from May 4 to July 30, 1864: Killed, 4 commissioned officers and 37 enlisted men; wounded, 8 commissioned officers and 253 enlisted men; missing, 3 commissioned officers and 45 enlisted men.


  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 349-350
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