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OR XLVI P1 #152: Report of Major Norman J. Maxwell, 100th PA, March 25, 1865

No. 152. Report of Major Norman J. Maxwell, One hundredth Pennsylvania Infantry, of operations March 25.1

March 27, 1865.

SIR: I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of this regiment on the 25th instant:

Immediately upon ascertaining that the enemy were in possession of Fort Stedman, Colonel Pentecost ordered a skirmish line to be thrown from the mortar battery immediately [on] our right (Battery 11) across the field to our (then) right. This line, supported by one company, succeeded for a few minutes in stopping the enemy’s advance, but being pressed by a heavy line of battle were compelled to retire. Perceiving that it was useless to attempt to hold our line of works, three companies were ordered to occupy a part of the old works immediately in our rear, and the remainder of the regiment directed to rally in Fort Haskell. While superintending the movement to Fort Haskell Colonel Pentecost was mortally wounded. When the rebels occupied our camp the part of the regiment in the fort and the detached companies opened fire upon them, and, in common with the other troops, succeeded in driving them out. The line was almost immediately reoccupied, and with the men at my command I pressed on to Fort Stedman.

Color-Sergt. Charles Oliver planted his colors on Fort Stedman while it was still occupied by a portion of the enemy. The following is a list of colors captured, with the names of their captors: Colors Fifth Virginia Infantry, captured by Captain John L. Johnson, Company D; colors First Virginia Infantry, captured by Private Joseph B. Chambers, Company F; colors Thirty-first Georgia Infantry, captured by Color-Sergt. Charles Oliver, Company M; rebel staff and part of color and national camp color staff, captured by Corpl. M. D. Dewire, Company A.

A large number of prisoners were captured by the regiment, but I have no means of knowing how many.

All the officers and men who came under my notice behaved so well that I cannot mention particular instances of bravery.

Full details of casualties have already been forwarded.*

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Major, Commanding Regiment.

Captain CLARKE,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.


*Embodied in table, p. 70.



  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 342-343
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