No. 60. Report of Major John T. Dent, First Delaware Infantry.1
HEADQUARTERS FIRST DELAWARE VETERAN VOLUNTEERS,
April 10, 1865.
SIR: I have the honor herewith to forward the following report of the late operations against the enemy in which my command have participated:
Received orders to march on the 27th ultimo; broke camp; were ordered on picket; relieved from picket on the 28th and joined our brigade; remained along the line near Petersburg, Va. On the 30th were ordered out as skirmishers; engaged the enemy; lost two enlisted men wounded; the enemy were driven from their works; immediately pursued them. Again engaged them near Farmville, Va., April 7; drove them from their works, capturing a few prisoners; assisted in capturing 9 pieces of artillery. Loss – 2 commissioned officers wounded; 3 enlisted men killed, 9 wounded, and 1 missing, in action. Have not since been engaged with the enemy. Total loss – 2 commissioned officers wounded; 3 enlisted men killed, 11 wounded, and 1 missing, in action.
The regiment has been commanded by Colonel Daniel Woodall till April 7, when he received an order to take command of the brigade. Lieutenant-Colonel Nicholas in the meantime having been wounded, the command devolved upon me.
The officers and men have displayed much gallantry and deserve great credit.
In all, the operations of my command since the beginning of the campaign to the present date bear a similar history as that of the Third Brigade, Second Division, Second Army Corps.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JOHN T. DENT,
Major, Commanding Regiment.
Captain T. E. PARSONS,
- The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), p. 770 ↩