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OR XLII P1 #130: Report of Captain Nathaniel Lang, 121st PA, August 18, 1864

Numbers 130. Report of Captain Nathaniel Lang, One hundred and twenty-first Pennsylvania Infantry, of operations August 18.1

August 28, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by the One hundred and twenty-first Pennsylvania Volunteers in the operations on the 18th instant:

The regiment broke camp at 4 a. m. and took up the line of march in a southerly direction, crossing a branch of the Blackwater River. When within two miles of the petersburg and Weldon Railroad we formed line of battle, advanced, drove in the enemy’s pickets, and gained possession of the railroad about two miles and a half from Petersburg and near Reams’ Station. We assisted immediately in the destruction of the road, and then moved to the left and joined the balance of the brigade. We were subjected to a severe shelling from one of the enemy’s batteries for about an hour and a half, and toward evening we three up temporary works and bivouacked behind them for the night. No casualties during the day.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Campaign, Commanding 121st Pennsylvania Volunteers.


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 462
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