No. 256. Report of Col. Alvin C. Voris, Sixty-seventh Ohio Infantry, commanding First Brigade, of operations October 27-28.1
Hdqrs. First Brig., First Div., Tenth Army Corps,
In the Field, October 29,1864.
Sir: I have the honor to report that the operations of this brigade on the 27th and 28th instant were not of a startling kind and, perhaps, are unworthy of an official report.
The brigade left the intrenchments on the morning of the 27th instant with but three brigade field and staff officers, and sixteen officers, and 693 men bearing muskets, with three regiments, to wit: Thirty-ninth Illinois, Sixty-second Ohio, and Sixty-seventh Ohio Volunteers. To this number should be added the stretcher corps for each regiment. Of the sixteen officers mentioned three were non-combatants. The discrepancy between the numbers above given and the morning report for the 26th is in part explained by the loss of sixty-nine men to the Sixty-second Ohio by muster out on the afternoon of the 26th instant, and by the refusal of five captains of the Sixty-second Ohio to accompany their commands to the front.
The command sustained a casualty list amounting to 1 officer killed, 33 enlisted men killed and wounded, and 2 missing. A nominal list has been already forwarded. Each of the regiments were commanded by officers having very little experience in the command of a regiment, two of them being commanded by lieutenants. On the whole, while I do not feel like bestowing general praise, I do not feel like announcing general blame. The men behaved well, and in several instances the officers did all that could be expected.
Indulging the hope, that I shall be better able to command the entire strength of the brigade hereafter, I respectfully ask that this may be taken as an apology of a report.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
A. C. VORIS, Commanding Brigade.
Capt. Charles A. Carleton,
- 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 691-692 ↩