War of the Rebellion: Serial 031 Page 0296 OPERATIONS IN N.VA.,W.VA.,MD.,AND PA. Chapter XXXIII.

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fell whilst rallying his men, and also the severely wounding of Capts. Aaron Ward, Company D, and William C. Shinn, Company I. Captain Samuel Harris, Company F, Second Lieutenant William B. Pepper, Company F, First Lieutenant James J. Reeves, Company H, and Second Lieutenant James P. Butler, Company K, were also wounded. It is also with great regret that I report that First Lieutenant Alexander L. Robeson, commanding Company H, is still missing, and it is presumed that he fell whilst gallantly leading his men.

A large number of the men of the regiment have been injured (a report of which you have already received). Many of them are sick from exposure, having lost their blankets and shelter-tents in the field.

Respectfully submitted.

WM. B. ROBERTSON,

Colonel, Commanding.

Colonel JOHN S. MASON,

Commanding First Brigade.

No. 97. Report of Lieutenant Colonel E. A. L. Roberts, Twenty-eighth New Jersey Infantry.

CAMP NEAR FALMOUTH, VA., December 18, 1862.

SIR: I have the honor to make the following report of the Twenty-eighth Regiment New Jersey Volunteers in its movements from the morning of the 11th of December to the 15th day of December:

Whole number of commissioned officers....................... 22

Whole number of non-commissioned officers and privates...... 643

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Total....................................................... 665

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Number of commissioned officers wounded..................... 7

Number of non-commissioned officers and privates killed..... 16

Number of non-commissioned officers and privates wounded.... 136

Number of non-commissioned officers and privates missing.... 31

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Total.......................................................*190

The above is a true statement of the condition of the Twenty-eighth Regiment New Jersey Volunteers before and after the engagement of December 13, 1862.

MOVEMENTS.

We were formed in regimental line of battle on the morning of December 11, 1862, at 5 a.m., and marched to the front of Fredericksburg. We lay upon our arms during the day and night. At daylight of the morning of December 12, we crossed into the city of Fredericksburg, where we rested during the day and night.

The next morning, December 13, at 9.30 o'clock, we were formed in brigade line of battle, and at 10.30 o'clock we moved upon the enemy's works. We went into action under a most galling and deadly fire of

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*But see revised statement, p.131.

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