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OR XLII P1 #39: Report of Captain John R. Weltner, 116th PA, August 22-26, 1864

Numbers 39. Report of Captain John R. Weltner, One hundred and sixteenth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers from 22nd to 26th of August, 1864.1

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.

Respectfully submitted.


Captain, Commanding 116th Pennsylvania Volunteers.


  1. 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
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