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OR XLVI P1 #138: Report of Captain Ira L. Evans, 1st MI SS, March 25, 1865

No. 138. Report of Captain Ira L. Evans, First Michigan Sharpshooters, of operations March 25.1

March 27, 1865.

SIR: I have the honor to make the following report of the proceedings of my regiment during the engagement of March 25, 1865:

About daylight Companies I and H, under command of Captain James S. De Land, were detailed as skirmishers, with orders to deploy on the old City Point Railroad, advance and meet the enemy, and hold them in check if possible. This was carried out as per orders. The enemy was checked and forced to retire. These two companies remained on the front line, following up the enemy until they were driven from the works that they had captured early in the morning. Captain De Land states that his command captured 4 commissioned officers and 50 enlisted men.

I have the honor to mention Adjt. Ed. J. Buckbee as behaving with great gallantry and aiding materially in checking the advance of the enemy. The other companies of the regiment remained in the works.

Very respectfully,

Captain, Commanding First Michigan Sharpshooters.

Bvt. Major C. A. LOUNSBERRY,
Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, Second Brigadier, First Div., 9th 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 327
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