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OR XLVI P1 #43: Report of Bvt. Brigadier General John Ramsey, 8th NJ, commanding 4/1/II/AotP, February 5-7, 1865

No. 43. Report of Bvt. Brigadier General John Ramsey, Eighth New Jersey Infantry, commanding Fourth Brigade, of operations February 5-7.1

Near Petersburg, Va., February 13, 1865.

SIR: I have the honor to make the following report of the part taken by the troops under my command during the operations of the 5th, 6th, and 7th instant:

In obedience to the order of the brevet major-general commanding the division, the disposable force of my command, consisting of the Fourth New York Artillery, Sixty-fourth New York Volunteers, Fifty-third, One hundred and sixteenth, and One hundred and forty-fifth Pennsylvania Volunteers, moved from camp on Sunday afternoon, the 5th instant, to relieve Brevet Brigadier-General McAllister, commanding Third Brigade, Third Division then in line of battle at the Tucker house. Arrived on the ground about 4 p.m., relieved General McAllister of the position he then held, he subsequently going into line of battle on my left. About 5 p.m. the enemy a determined assault upon the line occupied by the two brigades, but massing on McAllister’s front and extending to my left; the fire in my front, however, was not of a very serious nature. General McAllister’s brigade held this line. I am satisfied, from the heavy assaults of the enemy, he could not have held it alone; my arrival, under the circumstances, was very portentous and opportune.

Find report of regimental commanders accompanying this.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Brevet Brigadier-General, Commanding.

Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, First Division, Second 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), page 207
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