No. 143. Report of Lieutenant Colonel Charles M. Cornyn, One hundred and twenty-second Ohio Infantry.1
HEADQUARTERS 122nd REGIMENT OHIO VOLUNTEERS,
April 15, 1865.
CAPTAIN: In obedience to orders, I have the honor to report that since the assault on the enemy’s works in front of Petersburg, on the morning of the 2nd instant, of which a report has been forwarded, I have no special mention to make of any particular members of my regiment.
At the battle of Sailor’s Creek my regiment was ordered out as skirmishers, where the enthusiasm and gallantry displayed by all in going in determined to succeed leaves no room for particular mention. The regiment captured full 500 prisoners, for which some have receipts, and undoubtedly would have captured the rebel’s battery, which kept up a heavy fire on the advancing column, but for the interference of the cavalry who desired to charge, and I received orders to have my line halt for that purpose. The cavalry failing to go in, I ordered my line to advance; the left of my line receiving orders to bear to the left, the severe fighting took place, and sustained their character as brave soldiers.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
C. M. CORNYN,
Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding 122nd Ohio Volunteers.
[Captain WILLIAM L. SHAW,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.]
- The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), pp. 1004-1005 ↩