HDQRS. SIXTY-SIXTH NEW YORK VETERAN VOLS,
October 12, 1864.
SIR: I have the honor to send the report of operations called for from brigade headquarters from August 13 to August 20, 1864:
On the afternoon of the 13th [12th] of August we received orders to hold the men in readiness to move at any moment, and we moved off about 4 p.m., taking the City Point road. We arrived at City Point about 9 p.m. and bivouacked for the night. About noon on the 14th [13th] we moved to the Point and embarked on transports and laid at anchor below the Point until 10 p.m., when the boats got up steam and sailed up the river. At daylight of the 15th [14th] we disembarked near Deep Bottom.
At 11 a.m. moved by the left flank toward New Marke Hill. Skirmishing was then going on in the front. We formed line in the woods and advanced. The enemy opened with shell, wounding 5 men. We were ordered to lie down, which we did, and remained until dark. The brigade moved back. Left the Sixty-sixth New York and part of the One hundred and forty-eighth Pennsylvania Volunteers on picket, where we remained until the night of the 16th without further loss. We then joined the brigade. On the afternoon of the 17th we again moved to the front and formed line in a thick pine woods, and at night threw up breast-works, which we left after they were finished and moved back a short distance and staid until the 18th. Moved a short distance, formed line, and staid all night. Next morning we were moved to the forks of the two roads; staid all afternoon. Intrenched and fell back to the New Market road and threw up works, which were finished on the morning of the 20th. We remained behind the works. At night we evacuated and recrossed the river. Marched all night and arrived in the old camp on the morning of the 21st, 1864.
Captain, Commanding Sixty-sixth New York Veteran Volunteers.
Lieutenant J. W. MUFFLY,
Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, 4th Brigadier, 1st Div., 2nd Army Corps.
- The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 1 (Serial Number 87), pages 278-279 ↩