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Adjutant and Inspector General Reports

1865 Report
Appendix C

Official Reports.

II. LETTER FROM BREVET MAJ. GEN. LEWIS A. GRANT, VERMONT BRIGADE, TRANSMITTING REPORT.

Headquarters Vermont Brigade
Camp near Burkesville, Va., April 15, 1865.

Peter T. Washburn,
Adjutant and Inspector General.

Sir:__I have the honor to herewith transmit the report of Brevet Major Merritt Barber, A. A. General, of the operations and conduct of the brigade at the decisive battler near Petersburg, April 2d, 1865. Great credit is due Major Barber for the gallant and conspicuous part taken by him on the occasion.

Wounded early in the morning, I claim no part in the crowning victories of the day except in the planning and direction of the assault upon the enemy's works. But to the brave officers and men who carried the works, captured two battle flags, several batteries and many prisoners, and contributed so largely to the brilliant victories of the day, too much praise cannot be awarded.

It is a matter of great gratification to me that I was able to join in the pursuit of Lee's retreating army and to be with my command in the great and triumphant hour. And I hope soon to have the privilege--"I ask no prouder fame"--to return to Vermont at the head of the brave and victorious "Old Brigade" to resume again the quiet and peaceable pursuits of civil life.

I remain, General, very respectfully, Your obedient servant, L. A. GRANT, Brevet Maj.-Gen. Commanding.