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OR XL P1 #129: Report of Colonel Samuel A. Graham, Purnell MD Legion, commanding 2/2/V/AotP, June 5-August 20, 1864

No. 129. Report of Colonel Samuel A. Graham, Purnell Legion, Maryland Infantry, commanding Second Brigade, Second Division, including operations June 5-August 20.++1


March to the James-Battles of Petersburg, from June 5 to 20th of August, 1864.

On the 5th of June, at 9 p.m., the brigade marched to Cold Harbor, where we lay until the 11th, when the march was resumed via Prospect Church, arriving at Pamunkey [Chickahominy] on the 12th.


++ For portion of report (here omitted) covering operations from May 4 to June 5, 1864, see Vol. XXXVI, Part I, p.601.


Crossed the river on the 13th, marched to James River, via Charles City Court-House, and at 11 a.m. June 16 crossed the James and moved for Petersburg, reaching its vicinity on the 17th. On the 18th the brigade advanced in line of battle with General Cutler’s division, driving the enemy’s skirmishers, sustaining a loss of 6 men killed and 2 officers and 19 men wounded. Rejoined Second Division at 2 p.m. and moved to the south side of the Petersburg and Norfolk Railroad; did not become engaged, though we moved to the support of Second and Sixth Army Corps, until the 25th, when we relieved troops, which position we held until the 28th of July. Whilst occupying this position we lost 2 men killed and 20 wounded. Nothing further of importance transpired until the engagement on the Weldon railroad, of which reports have been forwarded.

[Very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Colonel. Commanding Brigade.]


  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 469-470
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