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OR XLII P1 #158: Report of Major John T. Jack, 56th PA, August 18-28, 1864

Numbers 158. Report of Major John T. Jack, Fifty-sixth Pennsylvania Infantry, of operations August 18-28.1

August 28, 1864.

COLONEL: I have the honor to make the following report as the part taken in the recent movements of the Fifth Army Corps since 17th instant by the Fifty-sixth Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers:

The Fifty-sixth Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers broke camp at 4 a. m. on the 18th instant; marched to the Yellow Tavern, on the Weldon railroad; halted about one hour, when the Fifty-sixth, together with the brigade, were advanced to the support of the Second Division, Fifth Army Corps. After meeting and repulsing the enemy, threw up earth-works, behind which we remained until noon of the 19th instant, when we were attacked by the enemy and repulsed him (Private Jennings, of Company K, Fifty-sixth Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers, capturing a stand of colors belonging to the Fifty-fifth North Carolina Volunteers). Holding our position, on the afternoon of the 19th instant the Fifty-sixth Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers were ordered on picket, where they remained skirmishing with the enemy until the afternoon of the 20th, when, being ordered by Colonel Hofmann, brigade commander, they advanced, forcing the enemy back, and retook the picket-line first established by the Second Brigade. About 9 p. m. of the 20th was relieved by the Ninety-fifth New York Volunteers; immediately joined the brigade in its present position, and threw up earthworks. On the morning of the 21st assisted in repulsing [the enemyj. Since the 21st the regiment has remained in its present position.

The following is a list of the casualties.*

I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,


Major, Commanding Fifty-sixth Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers.

Colonel J. W. HOFMANN,

Commanding Third Brigade, Second Division, Fifth Army Corps.


* Nominal list (omitted) shows 5 enlisted men killed and 18 enlisted men wounded; total, 23.



  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 489
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