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    [Second Battle of Deep Bottom]. John L. Otis Autograph Draft of a Battle Report. Eight pages, 7.75" x 9.75", Deep Bottom [Virginia], August 21, 1864. Col. John L. Otis, commanding the 10th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, recorded the service "...performed by the 10th Regt C. V. in the active operations of the 14th and 20th..." during the Second Battle of Deep Bottom. The regiment was ordered out on August 14 to take up position on the Deep Bottom Road. On reaching the position, the regiment was deployed. Once in position, the "...line soon became warmly engaged with the enemy's pickets which were very strong in numbers and well protected by rifle pits." The rebels were too strong and reinforcements were brought up with orders "...to form in double column and charge the enemy position..." The charge succeeded in dislodging the rebels and driving them back. The regiment bivouacked for the night and the following day.

    On the 16th, the engage the enemy again, driving them back "...with considerable loss taking about 40 prisoners." The Union lines had become weak and they were outflanked whereby Otis called for reinforcements, "but for some reason none was sent." The regiment found themselves out of ammunition and were relieved "...with the four remaining companies." They received more ammunition and began advancing. Hearing word of Union forces falling back, "We therefore remained in position subjected [to] a sharp skirmishing fire from the enemy until dark when we withdrew to the second line of rifle pits." They remained there until the August 18.

    Preparations were made to withdraw, but "...the enemy attact [sic] us in considerable force...Three men of my regiment were wounded in the affair; one quite seriously probably by a shot from our own artillery." The regiment withdrew and was placed on picket duty until 11pm the following night [August 19]. The regiment was withdrawn with the rest of the army on the 20th. The text is heavily emendated with some ink smudging. Pages are lightly toned.


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