Cedar Creek Report, 9th Connecticut Battalion, 1st Brigade, 2d Division, 19th Corps (OR, 43, 327-8)


Cedar Creek, Va., October 26,1864.

SIR: I have the honor to report the part taken by the Ninth Connecticut Battalion in the fight of the 19th instant:

We were under arms and at the breast-works at 5 a.m. At that time a heavy volley of musketry was heard on our left, which was followed soon after by artillery firing and a continuous one of musketry. There was now every indication that we were Ranked, as we were receiving a lire from our rear. At about 6 o'clock we received orders to strike tents, which was immediately done, when we again formed at the breast-works. In a few moments we discovered that the regiments on our left had fallen back. I immediately ordered my men to move by the right flank, and to keep along our line of works. This order was obeyed, the men keeping together well. After we had reached the top of the bill to our left we formed in line of battle and delivered a well directed fire at the enemy with marked effect. We were then ordered to fall back- down the hill. As we reached the foot of the hill an aide to General Birge ordered us to advance up the hill again. This we did in good order, and delivered another volley at the advancing enemy. They being close upon us, we again fell back, crossed the creek, and remained there until ordered to fall back to the top of the next hill. Here we found part of our brigade had formed in line of battle behind a breast-work. I ordered my men to form on the right of the brigade, which they did, and for a while we succeeded in checking the advance of the enemy. We were now ordered to fall back slowly; this we did. Men of other regiments were running by us, going in all directions to the rear. Very few musketry shots were now fired at us, the enemy's and our own artillery doing the firing. My battalion fell back to where the Second Division, Nineteenth Corps, had formed. I reported to Capt. E. A. Fiske, aide-de-camp, who directed me to my position in line.. About 9.30 o'clock the line was ordered to fall back to a wood near us, where we again formed in line of battle. We remained here but a. short time when we were ordered to move by right of regiments to the rear. We had moved but a short distance when we were ordered to about face, and, occupying a new position, formed in line of battle. We remained but a few moments when we were ordered forward and to the left in the woods; The line was formed, and a. protection from bullets was hastily thrown up by our men. Now we were ordered to be ready for a forward movement. It was directed, when we advanced through the woods, the enemy pouring shot and shell into us, but with very little effect. We now received orders to charge. My men went at it with a will, the colors of my battalion always being in the advance. The officers of the Ninth rallied their men, and they pressed forward after the retreating enemy. The chase was kept up until dark. The enemy being driven from the field we were now ordered to occupy our old camp.

During the battle of the 19th the officers of my battalion were particularly noticed as being always at their post near and around the flag. The men obeyed the orders of their officers with promptness and a hearty good will. We were highly complimented by our brigade commander Brigadier-General Birge, who told us we had done nobly and held well our own. I desire to make particular mention of Sergt. W. L. Perry and Private John T. Morrow, who, after the color-sergeant had been wounded, seized the colors and pushed forward. These men were always in the advance, few, if any, color bearers being able to keep up with them. The colors of my battalion were the first on the recaptured works from where the Eighth Corps were driven in the morning; in less than five minutes no less than a dozen stand of colors were around us.

The following are the casualties: Commissioned officers-missing, 1; wounded, 2 . Enlisted men-killed, 2; wounded, 16; missing, 10.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Captain, Commanding Ninth Connecticut Battalion.

Capt. E. A. FISKE,

Actg. Asst. Adjt. Gen., Second Div., Nineteenth Army Corps.