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OR XL P1 #127: Report of Lieutenant Colonel De Witt C. McCoy, 83rd PA, June 12-July 30

No. 127. Report of Lieutenant Colonel De Witt C. McCoy, Eighty-third Pennsylvania Infantry.1

Near Petersburg, Va., August 7, 1864.


June 12, marched, crossing the Chickahominy River at Long Bridge on the morning of the 13th, and then the James the 16th, arriving near Petersburg the same night. June 18, engaged, supporting troops of the First and Second Brigades of this division. From the 18th of June to the 30th of July, engaged in erecting and occupying works in front of the enemy’s line near Petersburg, which works we occupied during the attack on the enemy’s lines during July 30. Casualties: Officers-killed, 1; wounded, 2 [Enlisted men]- killed, 7; wounded, 27; missing, 3.

The following are the losses during the campaign: Officers-killed, 3; wounded, 7; total, 10. Enlisted men-killed, 50; wounded, 208; missing, 54; total, 312. Total loss in killed, wounded, and missing, 322.

It is believed that many of those reported as missing are either killed or severely wounded and in the hands of the enemy, but enough is not known to justify reporting them as other that missing.

It is deemed unnecessary to speak further of the officers of the command than to say all have performed their duty promptly, faithfully, and well, during the entire campaign. The same is stated with regard to the enlisted men with but few exceptions.

All of which is respectfully submitted.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

D. C. McCOY,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Eighty-third Pennsylvania Volunteers.

Lieutenant L. C. BARTLETT,

Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, 3rd Brigadier, 1st Div., 5th Army Corps.


*For portion of report (here omitted) covering operations from May 4 to July 12, 1864, see Vol. XXXVI, Part I, p.588.



  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 468
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