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    Company A lost among others Sergeant Samuel Herter, who was shot dead while taking aim, and its remaining sergeants, Abram Alstrad, Patrick F. Hodge and Harry Marlett, were wounded. These companies, having exhausted their ammunition, had to be relieved. First Lieutenant D. W. Fox distinguished himself by the efficient manner in which he fought his men. * *
    The usefulness of my command was limited by its armament. So far as it was equiped with rifles and Springfield muskets so far was it of account. I was compelled to withdraw gallant men and capital marksmen because their weapons were worse than useless.
    Late in the evening I was ordered to withdraw my company beyond the second line of defense and from there to Mackay's Landing. My command remained there until all the troops had embarked, being the last to quit the spot.
    My second in command, Major Filler, manifested much bravery. Adjutant Metzgar and Lieutenant George, regimental quartermaster, were of much use during the action in the transmission of orders and bringing off the wounded.
Richard White
Colonel 55th Pa. Vols.
Hilton Head, S. C., April 14, 1864
    Special Orders No. 156
    The 55th Pennsylvania Volunteers of the Tenth Corps will proceed to Fortress Monroe by the steamer North Star, and the senior officer will report to Maj. Gen. B. F. Butler. * *
    The following relates to Col. Richard White and the 55th Pennsylvania destroying the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad:
1st Brigade, 3d Division, 10th Army Corps
Foster's, near Bermuda Hundred, Va., May 11, 1864
    * On Monday, May 9, at 5 a.m. the regiments composing this brigade (Co,'s A and C) marched to the line of the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad, at a point near the intersection of the turnpike road connecting those two cities with the railroad. * *
    Some hundreds of yards of track were torn up; the ties piled and burned; the timbers for culverts and ditches burned also. The availability of this road as a line of communication and transport was completely destroyed. * *
    About 10:30 a.m. the command left the point mentioned and marched, following the line of the turnpike toward Swift Creek, in front of Petersburg. * *
    Continuing the march, the command came up with the brigade of Brigadier General Weitzel, of the 18th Corps, which was engaged with the enemy, and was ordered to support that general.

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