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History of Cambria County, V.2

    In the action, becoming exposed to the enemy's artillery fire, some casualties occurred in the 55th Pennsylvania Infantry. * * of this brigade. Toward dark, the firing having ceased, the brigade formed into line, the left resting near a little church near Swift Creek, and bivouacked.
    On Tuesday, May 16, about 10 a.m. * * this brigade was ordered to the support of Brigadier General Terry's division, which was hotly engaged with the enemy near where the railroad had been destroyed. * *
    Line was formed, left resting on turnpike. * * About 5 p.m. we were ordered back to this point, where we arrived shortly after. Although the heat of the sun during the two days (9th and 10th) was excessive, yet the men marched rapidly and without much apparent suffering, and generally well closed up. * * *
    Maj.-Gen. Butler to Maj.-Gen. Smith:
In the field, June 20, 1864, 7:30 p.m.
    You will get all the troops of the 18th Corps ready to cross the Appomattox at daylight tomorrow morning. I have ordered Gen Brooks to relieve all the troops of your command from the lines. * * You will take two batteries of artillery with your corps. * * *

    The itinerary of Companies A and C in the 1st Brigade, 3d Division and 10th Corps of the Army of the James, from May 5 to June 12, 1864, is as follows:
    Thursday, May 5. The Corps proceeded to Bermuda Hundred, and commenced disembarking.
    Friday, 6. Completed disembarking and commenced intrenchments near Wave Bottom Church.
    Saturday, 7. Action at Port Walthall Junction.
    Monday, 9. Action at Swift Creek; destroyed portion of Petersburg and Richmond Railroad.
    Thursday, 10. Action at Chester Station.
    Friday, 13. Outer line of works on Drewery's Bluff carried by 3d New Hampshire and 55th Pennsylvania (Co.'s A and C) Volunteers.
    Monday, 16. Repulsed repeated attacks of the enemy and retired to intrenchments; numerous skirmishes on the picketline during the remainder of the month.
    Friday, 27. Infantry of divisions of Generals Turner and Ames (Co.'s A and C) temporarily assigned to duty with the 18th corps, and reorganized by Major General Smith, commanding.
    Wednesday, June 1. The 2d and 3d Divisions, accompanying, command of Major General Smith, moved to Cold Harbor and participated in that engagement.

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