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OR XLII P1 #181: Report of Captain James Coey, 147th NY, December 7-12, 1864

No. 181. Report of Captain James Coey, One hundred and forty-seventh New York Infantry, of operations December 7-12.1

December 14, 1864.

SIR: In compliance with circular, date of December 13, headquarters Third Brigade, I have the honor to submit the following report:

This regiment broke camp at daylight on the morning of the 7th instant and marched to near Sussex Court-House, where they encamped

for the night. At 5 a. m. the 8th instant the regiment moved in the direction of Jarratt’s Station, and after proceeding three or four miles met a few of the enemy’s cavalry, when, pursuant to orders, the regiment was deployed as skirmishers with the line running perpendicular to the road. We then moved forward a short distance, made a right wheel, crossing the road, and acted as flankers on the right flank of the brigade. We moved to within two miles of Jarratt’s Station, when the regiment was thrown out as pickets for the protection of the balance of the brigade, which was engaged in tearing up the railroad track at that point. We remained here until 9 a. m. the 9th instant, when we advanced along the line of the railroad about two miles beyond Jarratt’s Station, when we were halted and the regiment proceeded to demolish the railroad track. After remaining here two hours we advanced about three miles, were again halted, and destroyed more of the railroad. We then moved back toward Jarratt’s Station about a mile and went into camp for the night. At 10 a. m. the 10th instant we marched in the direction of and to within six miles of Sussex Court-House and there encamped for the night. At 9 a. m. the 11th instant we marched to within two miles of Sussex Court-House and there halted and threw up works to the right of the road. We remained there a short time and then move through the Court-House and crossed the river, encamping for the night four miles this side of the river.

About 8 a. m. the 12th instant the regiment was deployed as flankers on the left of the brigade, and with it (the brigade), moved to its present camp, arriving at about 4.30 p. m. the 12th instant.

The casualties sustained by the regiment during the movement are as follows:*


Captain, Commanding 147th New York Volunteers.


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


* Nominal list (omitted) shows 4 men missing.



  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 530-531
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