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OR XL P1 #52: Report of Captain David W. Megraw, 116th PA, July 26-30, 1864

No. 52. Report of Captain David W. Megraw, One hundred and sixteenth Pennsylvania Infantry, of operations July 26-30.1


Report of the operations of the One hundred and sixteenth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, at Deep Bottom, from the 26th to the 30th of July, 1864:

July 26, lay in camp in rear of the Fifth Army Corps. About 2 p. m. received orders to be ready to move at a moment’s notice. Struck tents at 4 p. m., and marched at 5 p. m. Crossed the Appomattox River about 11 p. m. Continued on all night, nothing of consequence occurring.

July 27, crossed the James River at 4 a. m., regiment moving all day from one position to another. About 7 p. m. whole command detailed for picket.

July 28, all quiet on picket-line. Relieved about 9 p. m. A portion of the regiment employed building breast-works all night.

July 29, lay in breast-works all day and at 8 p. m. packed up and marched. Recrossed the James River at 10 p. m. Marched all night, nothing of consequence occurring.

July 30, arrived in front of Petersburg about 7 a. m. Lay all day in rear of Eighteenth Army Corps as a reserve. In the evening about 7.30 o’clock marched, arriving at our old camp in rear of Fifth Army Corps in about an hour’s time, where we prepared to remain.

Captain, Commanding Regiment.


  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 360
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