Cedar Creek Report, Commander, 38th Massachusetts, 3d Brigade, 2d Division, 19th Corps (OR, 43, 343-4)


Near Cedar Creek, Va., October 22,1864.

SIR: I have the honor to make the following report relative to the part taken by this command in the engagement near Cedar Creek, Va., October 19, 1864:

The regiment, in accordance with orders received, was ready to move at 5 a. m. At that time heavy firing was heard to the left, and orders were received to occupy the breast-works in front of the camp. Shortly after the enemy were seen advancing on the left, and having gained a position on the flank we were subjected to an enfilading fire which rendered the breast-works useless. Orders were given "in retreat, march." From that time the command continued to fall back under a heavy musketry and artillery fire. At noon changed position toward the left, and about 2 p. m. took up position in second line of battle. About 3 p. m. went forward in the charge upon the enemy. At sunset gained the position left in the morning and made camp for the night.

The following is a list of casualties: One officer and 18 enlisted men wounded, 33 enlisted men prisoners, 2 enlisted men missing.


Major, Commanding Regiment.

Capt. J. HIBBERT, Jr.,

Assistant Adjutant-General.