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OR XL P1 #154: Report of Major Thomas McLaughlin, 102nd PA, June 12-July 9, 1864

Number 154. Report of Major Thomas McLaughlin, One hundred and second Pennsylvania Infantry, of operations June 12-July 9.1

Near Charlestown, Va., September 2, 1864.



The march across the Chickahominy and the James, and the operations in front of Petersburg up to the time of the embarkation of the corps at City Point, July 9, 1864.

June 12, resumed the march; in motion all night; crossed the Chickahominy at dark on the 13th at Jones’ Bend.

June 14, moved about six miles, passing near Charles City Court-House, and bivouacked close to the James River; intrenched.

June 16, at 9 p.m. crossed the James River, and on the 17th halted within two miles of Petersburg.

June 18, went into front line; charged the enemy’s line. After dark the regiment fell back fifty yards and intrenched. Loss, 3 killed and 18 wounded.

June 19, were relieved in the evening, and moved back to the railroad bridge. Loss, 3 killed and some wounded.

June 21, after dark moved to the left and crossed the Norfolk railroad.

June 23, intrenched in the woods on the left; heavy skirmishing; moved near the Jerusalem plank road and occupied the rifle-pits.

June 29, moved to the left in the afternoon on the Weldon railroad.

June 30, destroyed a portion of this railroad and moved back to the plank road. Nothing of note occurred until 9th of July, when we received orders to move. Marched to City Point and embarked on transports for Washington City.+

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


Major, Commanding 102nd Regiment Pennsylvania Veteran Vols.


Asst. Adjt. General, First Brigadier, Second Div., Sixth Corps.


* For portion of report (here omitted) covering operations from May 4 to June 12, 1864, see Vol. XXXVI, Part I, p.691.

+ For continuation of report, see Vol. XXXVII, Part I, p.278.



  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 499
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