No. 64. Report of Colonel James P. McIvor, One hundred and seventieth New York Infantry, commanding Second Brigade, of operations February 5-7.1
HDQRS. SECOND Brigadier, SECOND DIV., SECOND ARMY CORPS,
February 13, 1865.
MAJOR: In compliance with orders I beg leave to submit the following as the operations of this brigade, from the time I assumed command of it to include the 7th instant:
At about 5 o’clock on the 5th instant the command of the brigade devolved on me, by Colonel Mathew Murphy, Sixty-ninth Regiment New York National Guard Artillery, being, from a wound, placed hors de combat. On assuming command I found the brigade in line of battle behind a rifle-pit, hastily thrown up, left resting on First Brigade, right resting near a tributary to Hatcher’s Run, the line running in rear of and near the Armstrong, jr., house. Nothing of note occurred during the night of the 5th instant, only a few shots having been exchanged between the enemy’s and our pickets. On the 6th instant the rifle-pits were enlarged and strengthened, the timber in front of the left and right of the brigade was slashed, and an abatis constructed in the open ground in front of the center. During the night of the 6th the picket-line was advanced, compelling the enemy’s vedettes to retire. On the 7th morning transpired.
I am, major, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. P. McIVOR,
Colonel, Commanding Brigade.
Major JOHN M. NORVELL,
- 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 221 ↩