Daily Archives: September 26, 2014

Just the Facts, Please

150 YEARS AGO TODAY Lt. Col. Samuel A. Moore sent the following report to Gen. 
Hancock's headquarters. The general had directed the commanding officers of all 
units under his command to submit similar reports so that he could assess the 
actual fighting strength of the Second Corps.

Headquarters Fourteenth Connecticut Volunteers, September 26th, 1864.

Lieutenant Theron E. Parsons, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, 3d Brigade. 

Lieutenant:
I have the honor to submit the following report in compliance with circular of 
September 25th, from Headquarters 2d A. C.

I. Date of Organization of the Regiment, (muster into service) August 23d, 1862. 
     Original strength, (aggregate) - - - - - - 1,015 
     Recruits received since organization - - - 1,000 

II.  Present strength. For duty - - - - - - - - 236 
     Borne upon rolls, (aggregate)  - - - - - - 663

III. Names of Battles in which engaged.
     Antietam, Sept. 17, 1862.         Wilderness, May 6, 1864. 
     Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862.    Laurel Hill, May 10, 1864. 
     Chancellorsville, May 3, 1863.    Spottsylvania, May 12, 1864. 
     Gettysburg, July 3, 1863.         Cold Harbor, June 3, 1864. 
     Bristoe Station, Oct. 14, 1863.   Cold Harbor, June 6, 1864. 
     Morton's Ford, Feb. 6, 1864.      Petersburg, June 17, 1864. 
     Wilderness, May 5, 1864.          Ream's Station, August 25, 1864.

     Names of Skirmishes in which engaged.
     Falling Waters, July 14, 1863.    North Anna River, May 24, 1864.
     Auburn, October 14, 1863.         North Anna River, May 26, 1864.
     Blackburn's Ford, Oct. 17, 1863.  Petersburg, June 16, 1864.
     Mine Run, Nov. 29, 1863.          Deep Bottom, August 15, 1864.

IV. Loss in action. 9 officers killed, 71 men killed; 41 officers wounded, 505 men
wounded; 5 officers missing, 138 men missing, (aggregate) 769. 

V. Colors captured from the enemy. Five, captured at battle of Gettysburg,
viz. 1st and 14th Tennessee, 16th and 52d North Carolina, and 4th Virginia.
Guns captured from the enemy. Two 3-in. rifled pieces captured May 12, 1864.

VI. Colors lost. None.

Note. At the battle of Ream’s Station, upon the 25th ult. (of last month), this 
regiment drew off from the field, thereby saving them from capture by the enemy, 
one brass cannon and one limber belonging to McKnight’s Battery, and one limber 
belonging to the 3d New Jersey Battery, also one caisson belonging to same Battery.

Very respectfully, Your obedient servant

S. A. Moore, Lieutenant-Colonel commanding regiment