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OR XLVI P1 #165: Report of Lieutenant Colonel Joseph M. Clough, 18th NH, Mar 29-Apr 9, 1865

No. 165. Report of Lieutenant Colonel Joseph M. Clough, Eighteenth New Hampshire Infantry.1

Near Beasley’s House, April 18, 1865.

CAPTAIN: In compliance with circular from headquarters Third Brigade, First Division, Ninth Army Corps, dated April 17, 1865, I have the honor to make the following report:

On the 29th ultimo this regiment was on the line on the immediate right of Fort Stedman. On the evening of that day, in a demonstration

made by the enemy on that portion of the line, Major Brown was killed and Lieutenant-Colonel Clough was slightly wounded; also 1 enlisted man killed and 4 wounded. The regiment remained in this position until April 3, the day of the evacuation of the lines before Petersburg.

In the demonstrations made upon the enemy’s lines by the Third Brigade, First Division, Ninth Army Corps, on the 1st and 2nd instant, and 1 man killed and 4 wounded in a line of skirmishers thrown out on the 2nd instant. April 3, the regiment moved through Petersburg, crossed the Appomattox River, and moved forward on the Richmond road about two miles and encamped. On the 4th instant the

command recrossed the river and moved in the direction of the South Side Railroad, which it reached at a point near Ford’s Station on the morning of the 6th instant, from which time to the 9th instant, inclusive, it was guarding the railroad in this vicinity, being encamped along the road in detachments.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Lieutenant-Colonel Eighteenth New Hampshire Volunteers.

Captain T. W. CLARKE,
Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, 3rd Brigadier, 1st Div., 9th Army Corps.


  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. 1052-1053
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