Colonel robert nugent's
seven days report
SIXTY-NINTH REGT. NEW YORK STATE VOLS.,
CAPTAIN: In compliance with orders just received I have the honor to report that on Saturday last, May 31, my regiment left camp near Cold Harbor, and about midnight arrived in this neighborhood, and encamped on the scene of the battle of that day. After allowing my men a short repose, permitting them to sleep for two hours on their arms, I formed them in line of battle, awaiting for daylight and further instruction to proceed against the enemy, then supposed to be masked by the woods surrounding us. Early on that morning about 7 o'clock a.m., under orders from the brigadier-general, we formed in column of division at some distance from the woods, deployed, and at double-quick time advanced in line of battle to the immediate vicinity of the wood, where I halted my command and awaited future events. As my regiment was selected by General Richardson as the reserve of his division we were the last brought into action, and when we were moved about 8 o'clock we marched by the left flank and took position on the line of railroad on the extreme right of the other infantry regiments engaged.
casualties, considering the dangers to which we were exposed, are very
few--1 killed, 7 severely wounded, 5 slightly wounded, and 1 missing.
Every officer and man present performed his duty on the eventful 1st of
June with cheerfulness and pleasure, and where men only seemed desirous
of emulating each other in bravery I find it impossible to name any one
as more courageous or prompt than another.
I have the honor to
be, captain, your obedient servant,
Capt. JOSEPH S. McCOY,
Adjutant-General, Irish Brigade.
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