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OR XLII P1 #133: Report of Lieutenant Colonel John Irvin, 149th PA, August 18-21, 1864

Numbers 133. Report of Lieutenant Colonel John Irvin, One hundred and forty-ninth Pennsylvania Infantry, of operations August 18-21.1

August 28, 1864.

I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by the One hundred and forth-ninth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers since the 18th instant, viz:

On the morning of the 18th instant we left our camp near Forth Warren, and marched south on the plank road for the distance of nearly three miles, and then changed our course to the west. When within a mile of the Weldon railroad we formed line of battle, my regiment taking position on the right of the first line of the brigade, and moved forward

ward, deriving the enemy’s pickets in and taking possession of the road, and at once commenced tearing it up, occupying us until near night, when we went into position in front of the railroad, threw up entrenchments, and remained for the night. On the 19th instant we were moved up in support of the Second Division, and lay in position during the night. On the 20th instant we were ordered back to the position we occupied the day previous. At about 9 a. m. of the 21st instant the enemy attacked us in front, but were soon repulsed, punishing them severely. In the evening we were moved to the left, and put in the position we now occupy.

The casualties were 2 killed, 5 wounded, and 21 enlisted men missing.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your most obedient servant,


Lieutenant-Colonel, commanding.


Asst. Adjt. General, First Brigadier, First Div., Fifth Army Corps.


  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), pages 464-465
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