UPR: Report of Captain Gold G. Holland, 28th North Carolina, Lane’s Brigade, of operations September 30-October 1, 1864


in Unpublished Reports Volume XLII

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Unpublished Report of Captain Gold G. Holland, 28th North Carolina, Lane’s Brigade, of operations September 30-October 1, 18641

Hd Qtrs 28th N.C.T.
Oct 2nd 1864

Capt E.A.T. Nicholson

I acknowledge the recipt of an order from Brig Gen’l J.H. Lane calling upon the Comd’g officer of the 28th N.C. for a report of the part born by this Reg’t in the engagements of 30th Sept and 1st Oct 64[.] Early in the afternoon of the 30th Sept, we rec’d orders, and marched from the vicinity of Petersburg along the Boydton Plank Road some three (3) miles and formed line of battle in a line of works on “Jones’ farm” six hundred (600) yds S.W. of “Jones’ House” with a small ravine intervening[. I]n a short time the enemies skirmisher’s were seen advancing near the house, but were met by the [Sharp Shooter?] corps of Wooten’s and driven back[.] The 28th with the other regiments of the Brig were soon moved forward across the rivine and formed a line of battle with our right resting on the 37th N.C. and the left on the 7th N.C. [S]oon we were ordered forwarded (supported by McRae’s Brig) and met the enemy near “Jone’s House” and drove them “full well,” to Pegram’s House a distance of one and a fourth (1 1/4) miles, killing a great manyof them. [I]n the mean time Capt Lovill (comd’g) was severly wounded, and the Adj’t came to me and told me that I would have to take com’d I did so, and found the right considerably scattered from the fact of McRae’s men coming up and mixing with ours. Night had now closed the [scenes] of the day. we were then ordered to fall back near “Jone’s House” where we slept upon our, victors of the field[.] On the morning of the 1st inst we were marched back near “Pegram’s House” where we formed, our Reg’t occupying the position of the day previous, in the line. [H]ere we threw up temporary works and remained thus for a short time. [I]n the course of [11 am] hour a battery from our right opened upon the enemy at and around “Pegram’s House” simultaneously by the Sharp Shooters charged and carried the works in Pegram’s yard.  Immediately the Brig was moved forward and occupied the works. [T]he remainder of the day was spent in Sharp Shooting and carrying off the spoils. [N]ear the close of the day we received orders to move which we did and drew off to the works around the City of Petersburg. I must say that the Officers and men did their part nobly. In this engagement the Reg’t captured 28 prisoners for which recipts were given, besides a large number of which no recipts were given[. T]he losses sustained by the Reg’t were 2 men killed and 26 wounded, and 2 Officers wounded

All of which is Respectfully submitted,

G.G. Holland Cap’t
Comd’g [28th NC] Reg’t


  1. Holland, Gold G. (1864, October 2). (Official Report sent to E.A.T. Nicholson). James H. Lane Papers (RG 501, Box 2, number 82). Auburn University Libraries Department of Special Collections & University Archives, Auburn, AL.

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