Editor’s Note: Brett Schulte recently noticed this report transcribed online among the James H. Lane Papers at the Auburn University Archives web site. Permission was asked for and granted by Auburn University Libraries, Department of Special Collections & University Archives to reproduce these transcriptions here at The Siege of Petersburg Online. These transcriptions are copyrighted by Auburn University Libraries, Department of Special Collections & University Archives and may not be reproduced without their express written consent. The transcription attribution reads as follows: “Transcriptions made by Terri Stout-Stevens, Pfafftown, NC, in 1997 and 1998. Edited by Marty Olliff, Assistant Archivist, Auburn University, who takes all responsibility for any errors.”
Unpublished Report of Major Jackson L. Bost, 37th North Carolina, Lane’s Brigade, of operations June 22, 18641
Hd Qrs 37th N.C.T.
Sept 24th 1864
Capt E.J. Hale, Jr.
Capt. As to the part taken by the 37th Regt and some other points to the best of my judgment. I would respectfully state that the distance traveled on 22nd June from the Rail Road or Davis House to where apart of the Brigade engaged the enemy was 1 1/2 or 2 miles. That the engagment on the right of the Brigade lasted some thirty minutes, as near as I could judge. I at the time was on the extreme left and had my left thrown back to prevent a flank movement My regimental skirmishers captured [10 or 70] prisoners. My loss before going to the left to support Gen Mahone was one wounded and three captured. The regular sharpshooters of the Regt charged up near the enemy’s breastworks, but none of the regimental skirmishers saw the enemy’s works nor the line of battle. We were nearly all the time moving forwards backwards and by the left flank, and were not immediately in rear of our sharpshooters & the longer were were there, the farther were from them
J[ackson]. L. Bost Maj.
37th N[orth]. C[arolina]. T[roops].
- Bost, Jackson L. (1864, September 24). (Official Report sent to E. J. Hale, Jr.). James H. Lane Papers (RG 501, Box 2, number 81). Auburn University Libraries Department of Special Collections & University Archives, Auburn, AL. ↩