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Unpublished Report of Colonel Robert V. Cowan, 33rd North Carolina, Lane’s Brigade, of operations June 22, 18641
I send you a short & imperfect sketch of the fight of the 22d of June. I supposed it is only for you and therefore was not so particular. If you wish it to go to Div Hd qrs or if I have omitted any thing please send it back to me. I can find an officer who was in skirmish, and will swear that he saw the works
Hd qrs 33d N.C.
Sept 22d, 1864
I have the honor to submit the following report of the part borne by my Regt in the fight of June 22nd 1864. After leaving the R. Road we were marched some distance, and then formed in line of battle on the left of Gen Scales’ Brigd. My orders were to be governed by the movements of that Brigade. Marched with it for, I think, about a half of a mile, (some of my officers think it was more) skirmishing with the enemy. Finally came upon the enemy in his works. Here we halted & fought for at least 30 minutes, when the Brigade on my right withdrew. After I was certain they (Scales Brigade) had gone I ordered my Regt to retire which was done in as good order as could be under the circumstances.
I am Capt
Robt. V. Cowan
Col 33d N.C.
- Cowan, Robert V. (1864, September 22). (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. ↩