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OR XLII P1 #141: Report of Colonel Norval. E. Welch, 16th MI, August 18-28, 1864

Numbers 141. Report of Colonel Norval. E. Welch, Sixteenth Michigan Infantry, of operations August 18-28.1

In the Trenches on the Weldon R. R., Va., August 28, 1864.

LIEUTENANT: I have the honor to make the following report of the operations of this regiment since the 18th instant:

On the morning of the 18th, at 4 o’clock, the regiment, Colonel N. E. Welch commanding, moved from camp near Norfolk railroad, and took up the line of march toward the Weldon railroad; arrived on the railroad about 8 a. m., and went into battle line on the right of the Yellow House. In the afternoon moved into position parallel with the railroad

and constructed a line of breast-works. On the afternoon of the 19th moved to the right as support to the Second Division, but did not become engaged; returning in the evening in the evening, moved back to position in the works, where the regiment has since remained.

During the engagement of the 21st the regiment lost 6 men wounded, and had 13 missing, though no actually engaged.

I am, lieutenant, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Colonel, Commanding Regiment.

Lieutenant CHARLES H. HAND,

Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, 3rd Brigadier, 1st Div., 5th 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 469-470
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