No. 197. Report of Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Ely, Eighth Michigan Infantry.1
HDQRS. EIGHTH MICHIGAN INFANTRY VETERAN VOLS.,
Before Petersburg, Va., August 11, 1864.
Crossed the Chickahominy on the 14th [June] and the James on the night of the 15th. 17th and 18th participated in the assaults of the enemy’s position in front of Petersburg; remained in second line of works until July 8, then advanced and occupied the first. Participated in the engagement on the 30th. The intermediate time had been occupied in strengthening the line and in an incessant exchanging of shots with the enemy.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Regiment.
Captain JOHN D. BERTOLETTE,
Assistant Adjutant-General, First Brigade.
*For portion of report (here omitted) covering from May 4 to June 12, 1864, see Vol. XXXVI, Part I, p.956.
- 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 580 ↩