HEADQUARTERS THIRTY-SIXTH WISCONSIN VOLUNTEERS, October 29, 1864.
CAPTAIN: I have the honor to report the operations of the Thirty-sixth Wisconsin Volunteers during the recent battle:
Our skirmish line (sent out after the first works were captured in the morning) succeeded in driving in the enemy’s pickets on our right and captured their rifle-pits near the saw-mill. After crossing the Dinwidie plank road the regiment advanced in line with the remainder of the brigade. When we halted in the open field we were under a heavy enfilading fire from the enemy’s artillery on our left. The command, however, held their ground, not a man leaving the ranks. When the enemy charged on the right of the road and drove our forces back to the road, we faced by the rear rank and advanced on their right flank, driving them back in confusion and capturing about 100 prisoners and 1 stand of colors. We then fell back to our former position. We lost a few wounded and prisoners. Nothing further occurred worthy of note. The men endured the fatigue of the march remarkably well.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
GEORGE A. FISK,
Captain, Commanding Thirty-sixth Wisconsin Volunteers.
Captain G. W. RYERSON,
Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, 1st Brigadier, 2nd 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), page 316 ↩