August 22, regiment started on march for Weldon railroad; arrived at latter place about 4 p.m. formed line of battle portion of brigade detailed as skirmishers; 5 p.m. moved to left; at night whole regiment detailed as picket. August 23, 8 a.m., advanced our line of pickets; 1 p.m. moved to the left and joined the brigade; about 3 p.m. halted, built fires to destroy rails on railroad; by behind breast-works all night; fifty men detailed as pickets. August 24, 7 a.m., moved to left about one mile and a half; regiment deployed as skirmishers; remained on the line until about 7 p.m., then joined the brigade and fell back to near Reams’ Station; rested all night on left of breast-works. August 25, began to build breast-works early in the morning; 11 a.m. moved to left in corn-field and from thence to breast-works; 1 p.m. whole regiment sent on skirmish line and were repulsed by enemy; in about half an hour fell back to breast-works, which latter position we maintained until the left of the line broke, and were then compelled to fall back; about 9 p.m. started on march. August 26 arrived at or near Williams’ house about 1 a.m.; remained in camp all day nothing of consequence occurring.
JOHN R. WELTNER,
Captain, Commanding 116th Pennsylvania Volunteers.
- 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 284 ↩