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    [Battle of Proctor's Creek]. John L. Otis Autograph Battle Report Signed. Five pages, 7.75" x 10", Bermuda Hundred [Virginia], May 17, 1864. Located just outside of the Confederate capital of Richmond, Bermuda Hundred was the sight of several engagements between May 6 and 20, 1864. Forwarding his report to Capt. Charles B. Amory, A. A. A. G, Col. Otis, commanding the 10th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, describes the actions of his men at the Battle of Proctor's Creek. On May 12, Otis receives orders for his regiment to march. The following day, they arrive "...near the enemies [sic] works near Proctor Creek...There was considerable firing on our front during the night, but the enemy gave us very little trouble and evacuated the remainder of his first line of defense before morning."

    "Soon after daylight [on the 14th]," he writes, "a strong line of skirmishers appeared in front of our lines...taking tow of the picket posts as skirmishers...I advance to meet them...At 8 a.m. we advance on the enemies [sic] second line...Being much annoyed by sharp shooters in the woods near the R.R. Col Plaisted ordered me...to drive them out...This was promptly done, the skirmishers were driven from the wood and our line established on the other side...I reported the enemies position to Col Plaisted...and was ordered...to move my regiment forward...We held the position during the day with few casualties...at 9 ½ p.m. was ordered to withdraw from the position and bivouac about half a mile in the rear."

    At 4:30 in the morning on May 16, they were awakened by "...a furious cannonade with heavy vollies [sic] of musketry commenced on our right...I was ordered forward to support an assault on the enemies works. no assault took place." The regiment was then ordered to "...form in the field near Gen. Gillmores head quarters, for the purpose of covering the retreat of the advance regiments of our own brigade...Here the enemy attact [sic] us in strong force but was promptly repulsed after a sharp engagement in which we took several prisoners. Our own loss being three (3) killed and Fifteen (15) wounded." The overall result of the battle was a Confederate victory which ended Gen. Benjamin Butler's campaign against Richmond.

    Folds with slight overall wrinkling, else fine. John Otis (1827-1894) was discharged from service five months later and received a brevet brigadier general commission in March 1865.


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