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OR XLVI P1 #223: Report of Captain Homer A. Plympton, 39th IL, Mar 27-Apr 9, 1865

No. 223. Report of Captain Homer A. Plympton, Thirty-ninth Illinois Infantry.1

In the Field, Va., April 14, 1865.

LIEUTENANT: In accordance with circular from headquarters First Brigade, First Division, Twenty-fourth Army Corps, dated April 14, 1865, I have the honor to herewith submit the operations of my command since leaving the north of the James.

Started from camp the evening of 27th of March, 1865; marched all night, crossing both the James and Appomattox Rivers; arrived at the Second Army Corps encampment March 29, 1865, relieving part of that corps. Left camp the evening of the 2nd [1st] instant; marched to the left on Hatcher’s Run; prepared for a fight. April 3 [2] was ordered to support Sixth Army Corps, and during the day made, with our division, a charge on Fort Gregg, within the enemy’s line. Lost 16 killed, 45 wounded. Took up the line of march the 4th [3rd] instant along with the army.

At a skirmish near Appomattox Court-House, April 9, 1865, there was 1 commissioned officer and 6 enlisted men wounded.

There has been but very little straggling during the late march.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Captain, Thirty-ninth Illinois, Commanding Regiment.

Lieutenant LE ROY DOWD,
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), p. 1188
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