Numbers 23. Report of Captain Lucius H. Ives, Twenty-sixth Michigan Infantry, of operations August 13-20.1
HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-SIXTH MICHIGAN VOLUNTEERS,
September 24, 1864.
August 13, embarked on transports at City Point, and the morning of the 14th landed at Deep Bottom. Were placed on picket on the New Market road. Relieved the afternoon of the 15th, and joined the brigade then on the extreme right of our line. The morning of the 16th moved with General Miles’ command up the Charles City road in the direction of Richmond. Were deployed as skirmishers, our right resting on the road and our left connecting with the Fifth New Hampshire. Engaged the enemy near White Oak Swamp and drove him nearly three miles. At 12 m. were relieved from the line by the Second New York Heavy Artillery. In the afternoon were drawn up in line, on the right of the road, and assisted to hold the enemy’s advance in check. Withdrew toward evening to a position in the vicinity of Deep Bottom, where we remained doing picket duty until the evening of the 20th, when we again crossed to the south side of the James.
Casualties August 16 at White Oak Swamp-killed, 4; wounded, 14; missing, 17.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
L. H. IVES,
Captain, Commanding Regiment.
Captain GEORGE H. CALDWELL,
*For portion of report here omitted, see Vol. XL, Part I, p. 338.
- The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 1 (Serial Number 87), page 265 ↩