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OR XLII P1 #328: Report of Captain Frank W. Tremain, 89th NY, October 27-28, 1864

No. 328. Report of Captain Frank W. Tremain, Eighty-ninth New York Infantry, of operations October 27-28.1

In the Field, Va., October 29, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to submit for your information the following report of the recent operations of this regiment, which are as follows:

On the morning of the 26th day of October this regiment was withdrawn from the trenches, and marched about one mile in the direction of the pontoon bridge (which crosses the James River at Jones’ Landing), when it was formed in column by division, cloud in mass, and its arms stacked. Remained in that position until the morning of the 27th of October, when about 5 a.m. it took the line of march toward the left of the enemy’s works, about 2 p.m. coming up to an intrenched position of the enemy. This regiment was formed in line of battle and ordered to charge the position, which we did, but were repulsed with great loss, the lieutenant-colonel commanding and one officer being severely wounded (the latter a prisoner), besides losing among the enlisted men many in prisoners and wounded, as you will observe by the list of casualties. Upon falling back and learning that the commanding officer was wounded and off the field, I immediately assumed command of the remnant of the regiment, and at dark, in obedience to order, withdrew and marched back, I should judge, about four miles, where we bivouacked for the night. On the morning of the 28th instant took the line of march for our old position, where we arrived about 4 p.m. same day. I have the honor to remain, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Captain, Commanding Eighty-ninth New York Volunteers.

Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, 3rd Brigadier, 2nd Div., 18th Army Corps.


  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 813
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