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OR XL P1 #85: Report of Colonel John Pulford, 5th MI, July 26-31, 1864

Numbers 85. Report of Colonel John Pulford, Fifth Michigan Infantry, of operations July 26-31.1


I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of this command from the 26th of July to the 31st of July inclusive:

On the 26th day of July broke camp before Petersburg and marched all night and crossed to the east side of the James River at Deep Bottom. Formed line of battle and was under artillery fire for about half an hour on the morning of the 27th, and took part in the various movements of the brigade during the day, and in the evening took up the line of march. Marched all night and reached the front of Petersburg about daylight, and bivouacked during the 28th in rear of the

Eighteenth Army Corps, and after dusk on the evening of the 29th went to the front and relieved a portion of the Eighteenth Army Corps in the rifle-pits. On the 30th remained in this position and kept up a musketry fire nearly all day. Had 1 man wounded on the 30th by a shell, being the only casualty.

Respectfully submitted.


Colonel, Commanding Regiment.

Captain J. B. TEN EYCK,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.


  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 401-402
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