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OR XL P1 #141: Report of Major John T. Jack, 56th PA, June 13-July 30, 1864

No. 141. Report of Major John T. Jack, Fifty-sixth Pennsylvania Infantry.+1


June 13, at 3 p.m. took up the line of march, and marched until 1 a.m. on the 14th of June, halting near Wilcox’s Landing, on the James River.

June 15, remained in camp.

June 16, crossed the James River, and at 3 p.m. took up the line of march and marched until 3 a.m. on the 17th of June, and camped within about five miles of Petersburg; 6 a.m. moved to near Petersburg and on the road leading to that place and put up works.


+ For portion of report (here omitted) covering operations from May 4 to June 12, 1864, see Vol. XXXVI, Part I, p.634.


June 18, advanced on the works deserted by the enemy and crossed the Suffolk railroad; p.m. charged the enemy’s works and were repulsed. Many of the men advanced so far that they were unable to return until after dark. At night threw up works.

June 19 to 30, a continual musketry fire was kept up by both sides on account of the close proximity of the works to each other.

July 1 to 30, an unceasing musketry fire kept up during the whole month.


Major, Commanding Fifty-sixth Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers.

[For operations of the One hundred any fifty-seventh Pennsylvania Infantry, June 1-July 30, 1864, see Vol. XXXVI, Part I, p.636.]


  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 480-481
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