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OR XLVI P1 #157: Report of Lieutenant Colonel Colwert K. Pier, 38th WI, commanding 109th NY, April 1-3, 1865

No. 157. Report of Lieutenant Colonel Colwert K. Pier, Thirty-eighth Wisconsin Infantry, commanding One hundred and ninth New York Infantry.1

Near White Oak Hospital, April 7, 1865.

CAPTAIN: Pursuant to orders, I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of this regiment:

During the evening of April 1 the regiment moved to a position near Fort Hell. On the morning of April 2 the command constituted the

second line of battle formed for the assault of Fort [Mahone?]. Moving forward at double-quick under a sharp musketry and artillery fire it quickly arrived at and disposed of the three lines of chevaux-de-frise and abatis surrounding the enemy’s work, and pressing forward mounted the embankment of the fort, bayoneting and shooting the men at the cannon in the act of firing the same. The national flag carried by the color-guard of this regiment was the first planted on the captured work. Sixty-eight prisoners, including two commissioned officers, were secured. The cannon in the fort was, with the assistance of Thirty-eighth Wisconsin Volunteers, quickly turned upon and successfully worked against the enemy. The regiment occupied the fort until the morning of the 3rd, when, with the balance of First Brigade, they moved forward into Petersburg.

I am, captain, very respectfully,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Regiment.

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.]


  1. 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. 1045-1046
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