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OR XLII P1 #293: Report of Captain Samuel M. Zent, 13th IN, August 14-16, 1864

No. 293. Report of Captain Samuel M. Zent, Thirteenth Indiana Infantry, of operations August 14-16.1

In the Field, Va., August 20, 1864.

SIR: Agreeably to instructions, I have the honor to report that the Thirteenth Indiana crossed the James River near Jones’ Landing on the morning of the 14th instant. Marched to the front, where the regiment was placed on picket, where it remained until about 2 p.m., during which time Corpl. William H. Pollard, of Company B, was severely wounded and William Bogue sunstruck. During the following night we were marched to the right of the Tenth Army Corps. Nothing of any importance transpired during the 15th instant. On the morning of the 16th the Thirteenth Indiana was sent to the front for the purpose of dislodging some rebel sharpshooters who were annoying our gunners. The battalion took its position in immediate front of the One hundredth New York Volunteers, where we remained until late in the afternoon, when we joined the brigade behind the front line of

entrenchments, where we remained until the following day, when the battalion was detailed as provost guard for the Second Division, Tenth Army Corps, in which capacity it has since been employed.

Sergt. Joseph R. McCray, acting first lieutenant of Company A, was killed while in charge of a squared of sharpshooters on the 16th instant.

I remain, sir, with respect, your obedient servant,

Captain, Commanding Battalion.

Captain T. B. EATON,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.


  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 770-771
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