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OR XLVI P1 #158: Report of Major Robert N. Roberts, 38th WI, April 1-3, 1865

No. 158. Report of Major Robert N. Roberts, Thirty-eighth Wisconsin Infantry.1


  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), p. 1046

    April 7, 1865.

    CAPTAIN: In compliance with orders just received, I have the honor to report that nothing outside the daily routine of picket duty before the lines held during the winter occurred in this command during the time elapsing from March 26 to the evening of April 1, 1865.

    On the evening of the 1st instant, at 10 o’clock, the regiment was formed in the trenches, where it remained until 2 a.m., when it moved to the left and joined General Hartranft’s division, remaining until near daylight, when a line was formed outside the trenches. Company A was detached from the regiment and placed on the right of the One hundred and ninth New York Volunteers, while B company was placed upon the left of same regiment. With this disposition of the troops the order to forward and charge the enemy’s lines came. The regiment moved up in good and removing the lines of abatis scaled the works, capturing a rebel battery, and turning the guns upon the enemy. The line of works was held during the entire day and night of April 2, successfully repelling every attempt of the enemy to retake the works. During the early a.m. of the 3rd of the line advanced, passing over the hill, thence into the city, where the regiment remained about an hour, when it was marched back to camp, where we stayed during the balance of the day.

    I am, captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

    R. N. ROBERTS,
    Major, Commanding.

    [Captain WARREN A. NORTON,
    Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

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