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OR XLVI P1 #104: Reports of Bvt. Lieut. Col. Henry O’Neill, 118th PA, Feb 5-7 and Mar 25, 1865

No. 104. Reports of Bvt. Lieutenant Colonel Henry O’Neill, One hundred and eighteenth Pennsylvania Infantry, of operations February 5-7 and March 25.1

February 12, 1865.

CAPTAIN: In compliance with instructions contained in circular from headquarters Third Brigade, dated February 11, 1865, I have the honor to make the following report of the operations of this command, together with the casualties of the 5th, 6th, and 7th instant:

On the 5th left camp near Petersburg at 6.30 a.m.; marched to and crossed a small stream near the rebel Dr. Perkins’ farm; continued the march until 5.30 p.m. and bivouacked. At 11.30 p.m. commenced falling back toward Hatcher’s Run, and, crossing Pebble Run, halted on the bank of Hatcher’s Run at 3 a.m. on the morning of the 6th. At 9 a.m. moved into position and formed a line, the right resting of the command employed in throwing up breast-works. Remained in this position until 4 p.m. when we advanced to meet the enemy and soon became sharply engaged. Reached a hastily constructed line of works belonging to the enemy and held them a short time. The troops on our right falling back soon caused the entire line to waver and retreat. A portion of the regiment was rallied and advanced as skirmishers, and remained in that position until 7.30 p.m., when they were relieved.

Remained on the night of the 6th and the whole of the 7th in the works near Hatcher’s Run, performing picket and fatigue duty.

Casualties on the 6th instant.*

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

March 28, 1865.

CAPTAIN: In compliance with instructions contained in circular of present date, I have the honor to report that at 7 a.m. 26th [25th] instant


*Nominal list, omitted, shows 1 officer killed and 2 officers and 4 enlisted men wounded.


the command was placed under arms and moved out at once. Marched to near headquarters Fifth Army Corps; there halted until about 11 a.m. Then marched to front of works of Second Corps; moved from point to point until about 6 p.m., when this command advanced with a part of the brigade and relieved a portion of the Second Corps line of battle, then engaged. Commenced firing as soon as the command was halted and continued it at intervals until dark. Remained in line undisturbed until about 10 p.m. Were then withdrawn from the front and marched to camp, arriving there at 12 p.m.

This command experienced no losses in the operations of the day.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Bvt. Lieutenant Colonel, Commanding 118th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers.

Acting Assistant Adjutant.


  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 276-277
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