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OR XL P1 #198: Report of Captain Richard Vosper, 27th MI, June 12-July 30, 1864

No. 198. Report of Captain Richard Vosper, Twenty-seventh Michigan Infantry.1

Near Blick’s Station, Va., September 20, 1864.

SIR: +

Withdrawing on the evening of June 12, we marched toward the James River and went into camp on the evening of the 14th near Charles City Court-House. Crossed the James River on the night of the 15th of June and on the evening of the 16th took position in front of Petersburg. The regiment participated in the battles of the 17th and


+For portion of report (here omitted) covering operations from May 4 to June 12, 1864, see Vol. XXXVI, Part I, p.959.


18th of June before Petersburg, Va., in the former of which Colonel Fox was severely wounded. From June 18, 1864, to July 8 the regiment lay in the second line of works before Petersburg.

During the operations of the month of June the loss of the regiment was as follows: Officers killed, 2; enlisted men killed, 19; total, 21. Officers wounded, 8; enlisted men wounded, 141; total, 149. Officers missing, 1; enlisted men missing, 22; total, 23. Aggregate, 193.

On July 8 the regiment moved into the first line of works,doing active duty until the morning of July 30, when the regiment moved out and participated in the charge made that day upon the rebel works. Here Lieutenant-Colonel Wright, commanding the regiment, was severely wounded. The loss of the regiment during the month of July is as follows: Enlisted men killed, 24. Officers wounded, 3; enlisted men wounded, 89; total wounded, 92. Officers missing, 1; enlisted men missing, 26; total missing, 27. Aggregate, 143.

During the entire operations of these three months the medical staff of the regiment was indefatigable in its endeavors to mitigate the sufferings of the wounded and sick of the command. Every possible care was taken of them, and the services thus rendered will ever be gratefully remembered.

To Chaplain S. S. Hunting the regiment is under a debt of gratitude which it can never repay. His services will ever be held in grateful remembrance.

The officer commanding gladly takes this occasion to testify to the general good conduct of the officers and men of his command during the period embraced in this report. They have, he trusts, performed their duty manfully, and won the confidence and approval of their superior officers. The regiment mourns the loss of many a good and brave man, but cherishes the hope that they have not fallen in vain, and that a grateful country will revere their memories and their surviving comrades emulate their courage.

All of which is respectfully submitted.


Captain, Commanding.


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 580-581
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  • D.G. Stock February 4, 2017, 8:44 am

    Thank you for the infro. My Great Grandfather, Sgt. William Tresise, was wounded July 30th, 1864 at the “Crater”.

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