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OR XL P1 #150: Report of Brigadier General Emory Upton, commanding 2/1/VI/AotP, June 12-July 10, 1864

Numbers 150. Report of Brigadier General Emory Upton, U. S. Army, commanding Second Brigade, of operations June 12-July 10.1

September 1, 1864.



The brigade marched at 11 p.m. June 12 toward the Chickahominy. June 13, was detached to guard the artillery and trains; crossed the Chickahominy at Jones’ Bridge, and encamped. June 14, resumed the march at 6 a.m. and encamped near the James River at 11 a.m. June


+ For portion of report (here omitted) covering operations from May 4 to June 12, 1864, see Vol. XXXVI, Part I, p. 665.


17, 1 a.m., took transport at Wilson’s Wharf; disembarked at Bermuda Hundred at 6 a.m., rejoined the corps near Point of Rocks. June 18, moved in front of the works at 1 a.m. to support the attack of two brigades upon Longstreet’s corps. The order of attack was countermanded and the brigade returned to its former position. June 19, marched at 5 a.m. for Petersburg; relieved Stannard’s brigade on the right at 10 p.m. and intrenched during the night. June 21, 9 p.m., was relieved by Stannard’s division and marched across the Jerusalem plank road to the left of the Second Corps. June 22, advanced with Second Corps, met the enemy, but was not engaged. Captain R. S. Mackenzie, U. S. Engineers, commanding Second Connecticut, was wounded. An attack was ordered at 7 p.m. The line advanced, but the enemy had retired. June 23, several changes of position were made and works constructed near Wiliams’ house. June 29, 3 p.m., marched to Reams’ Station. June 30, destroyed track and returned to Jerusalem plank road. July 2, returned to Wiliams’ house. July 10, marched to City Point and took transport for Washington.

The loss of the brigade during the campaign was 329 killed, 713 wounded, 263 missing; total, 1, 305.

The officers and men endured the hardships of the campaign with remarkable patience, while the loss sustained sufficiently attests their gallantry.

From the members of my staff-Capts. J. D. Fish and F. G. Sanborn, Lieuts. F. W. Morse, D. Gordon, and F. G. Patterson-I received in every instance prompt and gallant assistance.

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


Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers.


Assistant Adjutant-General, First Division, Sixth Corps.


  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 492-493
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