Editor’s Note: Brett Schulte recently noticed this report transcribed online among the James H. Lane Papers at the Auburn University Archives web site. Permission was asked for and granted by Auburn University Libraries, Department of Special Collections & University Archives to reproduce these transcriptions here at The Siege of Petersburg Online. These transcriptions are copyrighted by Auburn University Libraries, Department of Special Collections & University Archives and may not be reproduced without their express written consent. The transcription attribution reads as follows: “Transcriptions made by Terri Stout-Stevens, Pfafftown, NC, in 1997 and 1998. Edited by Marty Olliff, Assistant Archivist, Auburn University, who takes all responsibility for any errors.”
Unpublished Report of Major Jackson L. Bost, 37th North Carolina, Lane’s Brigade, of operations August 18, 18641
Hd Qrs 37th N.C.T.
Sept 20 1864
Capt E.J. Hale Jr
Capt – As to a brief report of the part taken by the Regt on the 18th of August at Fussells Mill, I would respectfully state that the Regt occupied the front line of breast works and was engaged in putting up a new line just in rear of the old line. In the evening some one or two hours before night the regt with Brigade had orders to advance or swing round with the first on the right. An advance of some seventy five yards was made to the front of these works in which the regt was exposed to a heavy skirmish fire and also artillery, and at one time the enemy’s line of battle opened on us but the distance was so great that little damage was done but caused the most of the regt to fall back to the works. About dusk the regt had orders to occupy its old position. Casualties 1 man killed and several wounded.
J[ackson]. L. Bost Maj
Comdg 37th N.C.T.
- Bost, Jackson L. (1864, September 20). (Official Report sent to E. J. Hale, Jr.). James H. Lane Papers (RG 501, Box 2, number 76). Auburn University Libraries Department of Special Collections & University Archives, Auburn, AL. ↩