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OR XLII P1 #170: Report of Captain F. Haines, 11th PA, August 18-21, 1864

No. 170. Report of Captain F. Haines, Eleventh Pennsylvania Infantry, of operations August 18-21.1

Near Weldon Railroad, Va., September 6, 1864.

SIR: On morning of 18th of August this regiment, with brigade and division, moved from camp in direction of Weldon railroad. Were moved on right of railroad between the Yellow House and the woods. after some skirmishing by the First Division this division moved into the woods, First and Third Brigades in line, this brigade supporting, being formed in column of regiments, this regiment being third from right. Soon after advance was made skirmishers became engaged and brigade was deployed; this regiment on right. about 6 p. m. established the line on which breast-works were subsequently erected, and during the night erected earth-works. During the day skirmishing was kept up. About 4 p. m. the enemy, having broken through Third Brigade on right, made an attack on the rear of this brigade, which lasted about one hour. It was warmly contested and with varied success. Once the line was forced into the open ground, but the original position was soon recovered. The principal loss was in prisoners (including Lieutenant John Brenneman, Company G), and these generally were from the skirmish line, which consisted of Companies D, E, and G, under Captain John B. Overmyer, who was himself twice taken by the enemy, but escaped. Two men were killed and several wounded by the fire of our own batteries. Regiment remained on this ground until the morning of 20th of August, when, being relieved, the brigade retired to position in rear of Yellow House, remaining here until the morning of 21st of August, when we were moved to the left of the railroad. The regiment was present in the action of 21st, but was not engaged. Captain Noble, Company A, recaptured the colors of the Ninety-fourth Regiment New York Volunteers, which had been taken by the enemy. The colors of the Twenty-fourth North Carolina Regiment (rebel) were captured by Private George W. Reed, Company E, this regiment, for which act a Medal

of Honor has since been ordered by the Secretary of War to be bestowed on him. The conduct of both officers and men was all that could be expected.

The entire casualties in this regiment occurred on the 19th of August, and were as follows, viz: Killed, 2 men; wounded, 10 men; missing, 1 officer and 73 men; total, 1 officer and 85 men; aggregate, 86.

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


Captain, Commanding Regiment.


Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Second Brigade.


  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 518-519
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