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OR XL P1 #116: Report of Lieutenant Colonel Joseph F. Ramsey, 187th PA, June 12-July 30, 1864

No. 116. Report of Lieutenant Colonel Joseph F. Ramsey, One hundred and eighty-seventh Pennsylvania Infantry.1

August 8, 1864.



June 12, the regiment receives marching orders, and in the evening of the same day we take up our line of march and encamp, or rather bivouac on the banks of the Chickahominy. Cross the James at Wind-Mill Point on the 16th of June and march in front of Petersburg the same day. On the 18th instant the regiment participates in the assault on Petersburg, and sustains a loss of about 200 killed and wounded. On the 20th we are withdrawn, and move to the left of Petersburg, Va., near Jerusalem plank road, where we intrench and remain until the 8th day of July, 1864, when the regiment is relieved, and has been on the reserve ever since that time.

The regiment in pursuance to orders was held in readiness on the 30th of July, 1864, but did not participate in the engagement.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

Captain J. E. PARSONS,

Asst. Adjt. General, First Div., Fifth Corps.


+ For portion of report (here omitted) covering operations from June 5 to June 12, 1864, see Vol. XXXVI, Part I, p.558.



  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 458
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