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OR XLVI P1 #132: Report of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas W. McKinnie, 126th OH, March 25, 1865

No. 132. Report of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas W. McKinnie, One hundred and twenty-sixth Ohio Infantry, of operations March 25.1

April 17, 1865.

CAPTAIN: I have respectfully to forward the following report of the part taken by my command in the assault of the enemy’s picket-line on the 25th ultimo:

At daylight on the morning of the 25th ultimo the regiment was placed under arms in the trenches and remained thus until 12 m. The regiment, except two officers and 100 men left to garrison Fort Welch, was ordered through the works and passed to the reserve picket-line post, where it halted. About 1 p.m. orders were received to move out to the picket-line and take position on the left of the Sixth Maryland Volunteers, which was to precede this regiment in gaining this position. This was accomplished by moving by the flank to within 100 yards of the picket-line, coming to a front, and moving directly forward under a vigorous fire from the enemy’s picket-line. After remaining in this position about half an hour, the assault, upon the signal being given, was made with great promptness. The regiment leaped over our intrenched picket-line and rushed upon the rebel line under a heavy line of musketry, capturing almost all of the enemy’s pickets in our front. Our loss in this engagement was one enlisted man killed by one of our own shells and four enlisted men wounded. The behavior of the officers and men on this occasion could not have been better.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

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), page 314
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