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Fisher's Hill, VA
21-22 September 1864

No. 39. Report of Colonel George P. Foster, Fourth Vermont Infantry, commanding Second Brigade, of operations September 21-22.

September 26, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to make the following report of the operations of this brigade on the 21st and 22nd of September, 1864:

On the afternoon of the 21st the brigade was ordered to take position on the right of the First Division, Sixth Corps, in two lines. The brigade was formed, with the left resting on the railroad, west and nearly opposite Strasburg. While remaining in this position the first line threw up a hasty breast-work of rails. The loss while occupying this position was one enlisted man, Corpl. Thomas J. Miller, Company K, Third Vermont Volunteers. He was brigade color bearer and was killed while faithfully performing his duty. Late in the afternoon the brigade was ordered to the right of the Third and First Brigades to drive the enemy from a crest. While moving to the right I received notice that the First Brigade, Colonel Warner commanding, had carried the crest; then the brigade was ordered to form on the right of the First Brigade, forming an oblique angle. During the night the brigade threw up a strong line of breast-works and remained there until the next afternoon, when it was ordered to move forward in conjunction with the First and Third Brigades. The line was halted on the crest near the enemy's fortifications. Here the First and Third Brigades and a portion of this brigade became heavily engaged. From this position the brigade was ordered forward with instructions that it would be the guiding brigade. Having crossed the stream and gained the crest on the opposite side, the brigade was halted until the other brigades could form a junction on the left. During the halt the brigade kept up a heavy cross-fire on the enemy's battery in front of the First Brigade. The brigade moved from this position with the First and Third Brigades, carrying the enemy's works and capturing many prisoners.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Colonel, Commanding Brigade.


Assistant Adjutant-General, Second Division, Sixth Corps.

Source: Official Records, Volume XLIII, Chapter LV. THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY CAMPAIGN, pp. 207-211.