Wapping Heights

(Manassas Gap)

July 23, 1863

After Action Report

The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation

of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies

Vol 27, Part 1, pages 579-580

Report of Brig. Gert. Washington L. Elliott, U. S. Army, co manding Third Division.



July 27, 1863

CAPTAIN: In accordance with circular of this date from headquarters Third Army Corps, I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of my division on July 23, 24, and 25:
The division is organized as follows: The First Brigade, Brig. Gen. W. H. Morris commanding: Sixth New York Artillery1 One hundred and fifty-first New York Infantry, Tenth Vermont Infantry, Fourteenth New Jersey Infantry. The Second Brigade, Col. J. W. Keifer, One hundred and tenth Ohio Infantry, commanding: One hundred and tenth and One hundred and twenty-second Ohio Infantry, One hundred and thirty-eighth Pennsylvania Infantry, and
Sixth Maryland Infantry. The Third Brigade, Col. B. F. Smith, One hundred and twenty-sixth Ohio Infantry, commanding: One hundred and twenty-sixth Ohio Infantry, One hundred and sixth New York Infantry, and Sixty-seventh and Eighty-seventh Pennsylvania Infantry.

On the 23d, the division marched from Piedmont to Linden, in Manassas Gap; the Tenth Vermont Infantry detached as guard for trains of corps.

About 5 p. m. the division advanced in order of battle to support the First and Second Divisions, and in the following order: The First Brigade on the left, Third Brigade on the right, and Second Brigade in reserve. The One hundred and sixth New York Infantry, of the Third Brigade, was detached, by order of the major-general commanding, to report to Colonel De Trobriand, Fifty-fifth New York Infantry, the remainder of the Third Brigade to report to Brigadier- General Ward, commanding First Division. About dark the division bivouacked for the night.

On the 24th, the division was ordered to occupy the position vacated by the advance of the First Division.

About 12 o'clock the division was ordered to march and encamp near Piedmont. It reached there about sundown.

On the 25th, the division marched via Salem to camp near Warrenton, Va.

The only casualty I have to report is Private John Heffler, Company K, Sixth Maryland, severely wounded by the enemy on the 23d in right leg, rendering amputation necessary. The division having been but recently organized, and the First Brigade composed of troops unaccustomed to marching, I think it due to the division to say that the severity of the march through mud and broken fields was cheerfully borne, and this, too, from necessity, upon a scanty ration. The entire division, officers and men, showed a desire to press forward to engage the enemy.

I am, captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers, Commanding.

Capt. W. F. A. TORBERT, A. D. C., and A. A. A. G., Headquarters Third Corps.



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