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OR XL P1 #179: Report of Lieutenant John M. Deane, 29th MA, June 14-July 30, 1864

No. 179. Report of Lieutenant John M. Deane, Twenty-ninth Massachusetts Infantry, of operations June 14-July 25.1

HDQRS. TWENTY-NINTH MASSACHUSETTS VET. VOL. INFTY., Near Petersburg, Va., August 7, 1864.

SIR: *


The regiment crossed the Chickahominy River on the a.m. of June 14, and the James River on the night of June 15, and arrived before Petersburg on the afternoon of June 16, immediately taking position in support of the Second Division, which had already become engaged.

In the charge upon the enemy’s works near Petersburg, by the First Division, June 17, the regiment took position on the left center of the first line, and lost 2 officers and 27 men, of 5 officers and 70 men engaged.

July 23, the regiment was transferred from the Second to the First Brigade, First Division, Ninth Corps. In the action of July 30 the regiment took position in the center of the third line of the assaulting column. Loss during the engagement, 1 officer and 14 men, of 6 officers


*For portion of report [here omitted] covering operations from May 29 to June 13, 1864, see Vol. XXXVI, Part I, p.924.


and 50 men engaged. Besides the operations above mentioned the regiment has performed the usual amount of picketing, marching, and fatigue work.

From July 2 to July 25 the regiment was stationed at brigade headquarters as a provost guard.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


First Lieutenant and Adjutant, Commanding Regiment.

Lieutenant H. M. WARREN,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.


  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 540-541
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