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Unpublished Report of Captain James G. Harris, 7th North Carolina, Lane’s Brigade, of operations June 22, 18641
7th Regt N.C.T.
Sept. 24th 1864
I have the honor very respectfully to submit the following report of the operations of this Regiment on the 22nd day of June 1864.
After leaving the Rail Road we marched down a small country road about one mile and a half formed a line of battle paralell to the road. Skirmishers were thrown foreward at this point and we were ordered to advance. After moving say between a mile, and a mile & half we came up to the enemy strongly entrenched in our front. We were here halted and the enemy having opened a brisk fire on us, we returned the fire with considerable spirit for the space of an hour. The enemy were certainly strongly entrenched. I not only saw the works myself, but every officer consulted by me, declare most positively that the enemy had works. My instructions when ordered to advance, were to be guided by the Regiment on my right, and consequently when the right gave way, I ordered the Regt to fall back in good order which it did not a man straggling to the rear.
I am, Capt. very Respectfully
Your Ob’t Ser’vt
Capt [etc., etc.]
Capt. E.J. Hale Jr.
- Harris, James G. (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. ↩