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OR XLVI P1 #101: Report of Major William O. Colt, 83rd PA, commanding 16th MI, March 25, 1865

No. 101. Report of Major William O. Colt, Eighty-third Pennsylvania Infantry, commanding Sixteenth Michigan Infantry, of operations March 25.1

March 28, 1865.

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to report, in compliance with instructions from brigade headquarters of this date, that the Sixteenth Michigan Infantry Veteran Volunteers, of which I was in command upon the 25th instant, left camp that morning immediately upon the bugle sounding the assembly at brigade headquarters, and was the second regiment to reach the appointed place of assembly, and remained with the brigade until about 5 p.m, when the regiment was ordered to advance upon the left of the One hundred and fifty-fifth Pennsylvania Volunteers and relieve a portion of the Second Corps. Upon arriving at the position directed to a sharp musketry fire was encountered from the front and right, which was replied to for about ten minutes, when the firing

ceased on that portion of the line. Casualties were very slight-one man killed, Private Davis, Company D, and Lieutenant Nellis, Company I, slightly wounded. The regiment remained in this position until about 10 p.m., when orders were received to return to camp. Throughout the entire day the officers and men behaved well.

I have the honor to be, captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Major, Commanding Regiment.

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Third Brigade.


  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), pages 274-275
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