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OR XLVI P1 #189: Report of Bvt. Major Jacob Roemer, 34th NY Btty, April 1-3, 1865

No. 189. Report of Bvt. Major Jacob Roemer, Thirty-fourth Battery New York Light Artillery.1

City Point, Va., April 4, 1865.

SIR: I have the honor, in accordance with circular received April 4, 1865, to report the part taken by this command in the engagements of April 1, 2, and 3, before Petersburg, Va.:

April 1, in position four pieces in Fort McGilvery, and left section in Battery Numbers 5. Fort McGilvery had been heavily attacked during the night of March 31. It was garrisoned by the Forty-sixth New York Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment, four pieces Thirty-fourth New York Independent Veteran Volunteer Battery, and one section Fifth U. S. Artillery, light 12-pounders. Fired 405 rounds, one man wounded (Corporal Fuller). Direction of fire at the enemy’s line with good effect. April 2, during the day at Cemetery Hill, were the enemy’s batteries were playing on our troops where I tried my utmost to disturb their artillery fire on our line, and I also directed some of my

fire toward the city on the burning warehouses furring the night of the 2nd, to assist our troops to advance toward, the city, which they successfully accomplished by drawing the enemy’s fire.

Fired eighty-eight rounds from Fort McGilvery. Fired the last shot at 3.40 a. m. April 3, 1865. One man wounded (Corporal Griffin).

I have the honor to be, your obedient servant,

Bvt. Major Commanding Thirty-fourth New York Independent Battery.

Lieutenant HEASLEY,
Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, Artillery Brigade, Ninth 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. 1087-1088
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