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who were on our left, and four companies of the Seventh went to their
support. The Eighth being out of ammunition we relieved them and
after dark withdrew our whole line and returned to the ground occu-
pied at noon.
During the engagement we lost the four companies almost entire,
with the addition of some 30 men from the rest of the battalion, 9 
officers wounded and missing, viz : Capt. Julius A. Weiss, wounded_
and missing; Capt. Thomas McCarty, missing; Capt. William H. Smith,
wounded; Lieut. George R. Sherman, missing; Lieut. D. S. Mack,
missing; Lieut. J. H. Prime, wounded; Lieut. Sylvester Eler, wounded
and missing; Lieut. Joseph Ferguson, wounded and missing; Lieut.
Robert M. Spinney, missing; Lieut. C. G. Teeple, wounded slightly.
On the morning of the 30th we moved to the left, inside of the works
formerly occupied by the enemy, and at 1.30 p. m. again to the left to
the support of the Eighteenth Corps, taking a position between a bat-
tery on our right and extending to the left, opposite the house. This
part of the line, though exposed to a heavy fire, was not directly
attacked by the enemy. They made two charges in heavy column on
the works to our left and were sent flying back with terrible loss.
My thanks are due to the officers and men of the command for that
cool, calm courage, so essential to success, that they exhibited on all
We mourn the loss of those who have left us; better officers are sel-
Total loss : Officers wounded and missing, 10; enlisted men killed,
20; enlisted men missing, 129; enlisted men wounded, 76; total, 235.
I am, captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JAMES SHAW, JR.,
Report of Lieut. Col. Llewellyn F. Haskell, Seventh U. S. Colored Troops,
of operations October 27-28.
HEADQUARTERS SEVENTH U. S. COLORED TROOPS,
In the Field, before Richmond, Va., October 29, 1864.
SIR: I have the honor to make the following report of the part taken
by the Seventh Regiment U. S. Colored Troops in the operations of
the 27th and 28th of October, 1864:
At 5.45 a. m. on the 27th the regiment took its place in the brigade,
and, marching out through our works at the left of the First Division,
I formed in line of battle on the left of the Second Brigade, in the field
north of the Kell house, and then advanced through a very dense under-
growth, halting several times, until the skirmishers charged and took
the enemy's line of picket-pits, when the main line halted and lay down
(being called to attention several times by increased firing in our front)
until 8.30 p. m., when I retired bythe left flank to the south side of
the Kell house and bivouacked in line for the night. At 3.30 a. m. on
the 28th the regiment was formed and marched out to the skirmish line,
where I relieved the Twenty-ninth Connecticut Colored Volunteers at
4.45 a. m. The noise made in so doing attracted the attention of the
Capt. M. BAILEY,