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OR XLII P1 #72: Report of Lieutenant Andrew Boyd, 108th NY, October 26-28, 1864

No. 72. Report of Lieutenant Andrew Boyd, One hundred and eighth New York Infantry, of operations October 26-28.1


LIEUTENANT: In compliance with orders, I respectfully report that this command broke camp near the Norfolk railroad at 3 p.m. of the 26th instant and marched until about 7 p.m., when a halt was made near the Weldon railroad. At 3 a.m. on the 27th the march was continued until 8 a.m., when, the enemy being encountered at Cedar Creek, the command was formed in line of battle and charged through a deep ravine and across the creek, routing the enemy’s skirmish line, composed of dismounted cavalry. About 10 a.m. the command was ordered to the Petersburg and Boydton plank road, along which it moved to Stony Creek, where, at about 3 p.m., it was ordered to charge and take the works in its front, which was done under a severe artillery and musketry fire, in which 1 commissioned officer and 4 enlisted men were wounded. The command remained in the captured works under a severe fire from the enemy until about 10 p.m., when it was relieved and joined the brigade and returned to camp near the Norfolk railroad, which was reached at 4 p.m. on the 28th instant.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Lieutenant, Commanding Regiment.

Lieutenant T. E. PARSONS,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.


  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 334
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