Numbers 94. Report of Captain John C. Conser, One hundred and fifth Pennsylvania Infantry, of operations October 1-5.1
HDQRS. 105TH PENNSYLVANIA VETERAN VOLUNTEERS, October 7, 1864.
CAPTAIN: In compliance with circular from headquarters Second Brigade, Third Division, Second Army Corps, of this date, I have the honor to report that this regiment moved with the brigade October 1, 1864, to Hancock’s Station. Shipped aboard the cars to western terminus of railroad; insipid and took our line of march toward Poplar Grove Church, where we halted and bivouacked for the night. On the morning of the 2nd we moved with the brigade toward the South Side Railroad. Left wing of the regiment was deployed as skirmishers and right wing formed 100 paces in rear as support. Line advanced through slashing and took first line of enemy’s works; loss, one man wounded. Halted a short time, when the regiment again moved with the brigade
by the right flank a short distance along the line of the rifle-pits. Were then moved by the left flank through woods to fields in front of the enemy’s second line of works, where we halted for a short period. We were then moved with a portion of the brigade to the skirmish line under cover of hill and skirt of woods. A charge was ordered on the enemy’s line of works. This regiment was ordered to support the First Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, fifty paces in its rear. Charged line of works; was repulsed and fell back in good order. Our loss in the charge was 1 killed, 1 commissioned officer and 11 men wounded, and 1 missing. Were then ordered back to field in rear of skirt of woods, where the brigade was formed. Moved with brigade by the right flank to first line of rifle-pits, where we halted for a short time; then moved with brigade along road; halted in field near Poplar Grove Church, where we bivouacked for the night. On the morning of the 3rd the regiment was ordered on fatigue on chain of forts being erected on new line. Returned to camp in field above mentioned in the evening, where we remained during the night. On the morning of the 4th the regiment was again ordered on fatigue on same fortifications as the day previous; returned to camp in the evening, where we remained during the night. On the morning of the 5th was again ordered on fatigue on the same fortifications; returned to camp in the evening; was then ordered to prepare to move. Moved with the brigade at dark; took our line of march toward right of line; halted near Fort Hays, in line of rifle-pits, where we bivouacked for the night.
Both officers and men, without exception, behaved gallantly during the entire operations.
J. C. CONSER,
Captain, Commanding Regiment.
Captain J. B. TEN EYCK,
Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, 2nd Brigadier, 3rd 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 381-382 ↩