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Report of Lieut. Col. Ferdinand E. Peebles, Forty-seventh U.S. Colored Infantry, of operations April 1-9.


Blakely, Ala., April 10, 1865.

SIR: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by the Forty-seventh Regiment U. S. Colored Infantry in the operations against and capture of Blakely, Ala.:

On Saturday, the 1st instant, the head of the column to which the regiment belonged arrived before Blakely, and on the succeeding day drove the enemy into their works and commenced throwing up intrenchments with a view to its reduction. Much to its regret the forty-seventh was held in reserve engaged in the construction of gabions, fascines, &c., and not allowed to enter the pits until the evening of the 8th, when it relieved the Fifty-first Regiment U. S. Colored Infantry, taking possession of the pit they had constructed. About 4:30 p.m. of the 9th our skirmishers participated in a general advance of the skirmish line along the entire front, and I at once ordered the right wing of the regiment forward to their support, which was almost immediately followed by the other wing. In the charge the regiment was subjected to a most withering fire of shell, grape, canister, and musketry, which for a time checked its advance. It was but a check, however, and the entire line moved impetuo usly forward over abatis, through the swamp, and the flag for whose supremacy we fight was soon planted on the parapet of the rebel works, and the fort, its guns and garrison, were at our feet. Inclosed please find a report of casualties.* With so general an exhibition of gallantry and courage on the part of both officers and men, it would be invidious to make special mention of any. To have assisted in the achievement of a victory so important in its results is a sufficient warrant for all.

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


Lieut. Col. 47th Regt. U. S. Colored Infantry, Comdg. the Regt.

Actg. Asst. Adjt. Gen., 2d Brig., 1st Div., U. S. Colored Troops.



*Nominal list (here omitted) shows 2 men killed and 1 officer and 17 men wounded.


SOURCE: United States War Department. THE WAR OF THE REBELLION: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 48. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1880-1901.


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