Lest We Forget - African American Military History by Researcher, 
					Author and Veteran Bennie McRae, Jr.

Twenty-Fifth Army Corps

Twenty-Fifth Army Corps

Itinerary

January-June, 1865

[January. ]--Since last return the following changes have been made in the organization of the corps: The number of the First Division is now Third, and the Third changed to the First Division, by virtue of General Orders, No. 8, from these headquarters, dated December 31, 1864. The Forty-first U.S. Colored Troops taken from Second Brigade, First Division, and placed in First Brigade, Second Division; the One hundred and seventeenth U.S. Colored Troops taken from First Brigade, Second Division, and placed in Second Brigade, First Division, by virtue of General Orders, No. 2, from these headquarters, dated January 2, 1865. The One hundred and fifteenth U.S. Colored Troops has been added to the corps, according to instructions from department headquarters, and assigned to the Second Division. During the month Brig. Gen. C. A. Heckman has been in command, Major-General Weitzel being absent with leave. A portion of the Third Division, commanded by Brig. Gen. C. J. Paine, forms a part of the expeditionary force that sailed from Fort Monroe, Va., January 6, under command of Brevet Major-General Terry. No official report of its operations has as yet been received. The remaining troops of the corps have participated in no general engagements during the month.

January 23 and 24.--The command was got under arms early in the morning, anticipating a move on the part of the enemy. All remained quiet, however, during the 23d.

January 24.--In the morning the enemy's rams came down the James River. They were fired upon from our batteries, to which they briskly replied. In the evening of the same day they were successful in returning.

The Second Division occupies Fort Burnham and a portion of the line in front of Richmond. The left of the line held by this division was severely bombarded, January 24, resulting in four casualties.

[February.]--Nothing worthy of special note has occurred during the month. The corps holds the same line at Chaffin's farm, Va., as per last return. The Third Division remains in the Department of North Carolina. The First and Second Divisions have drilled each day.

[March.]--The corps holds the same position (at Chaffin's farm, Va.) as per last return. No changes of special note have occurred except that--

March 27.--The Second Division, commanded by Brig. Gen. William Birney, moved to re-enforce the Army of the Potomac, near Hatcher's Run.

[April.]--March 27, the Second Division moved to re-enforce the Army of the Potomac. April 17, it rejoined the corps near Petersburg.

April 3.--That portion of the corps (First Division and Artillery Brigade) remaining at Chaffin's farm, Va., moved upon the evacuation of Richmond and took possession of the city, where it remained until the 13th instant, performing in and around the city the usual guard and fatigue duties.

April 13.--Moved to South Side Railroad, about three miles from Petersburg, and have remained at this station to the end of the month.

[June.]--May 25 to June 17, the corps embarked in ocean transports at City Point as rapidly as transports could be furnished.

June 7.--The headquarters of the corps embarked and proceeded toward Texas; put into Mobile Bay, Ala., to receive orders from the major-general commanding Military Division of the Gulf, and to coal and water, if possible; coal could not be obtained.

June 16.--Arrived at New Orleans, La., and coaled; then proceeded to Brazos Santiago, Tex.

June 21.--Arrived there. The Second Division had previously arrived in Texas; the headquarters of the division and the Second Brigade stationed at Brazos; Third Brigade at White's Ranch; First Brigade had received orders to garrison Indianola.

June 26.--First Division arrived at Brazos, and was ordered to Brownsville, Tex., but owing to the rise of water in the Rio Grande overflowing the low country, it could not reach that place. It is encamped at White's Ranch awaiting the fall of water, as river transportation cannot be furnished.

The cavalry and unattached infantry brigade have not arrived; only Battery B, Second U.S. Colored Light Artillery, has as yet arrived.

Category: Civil War | Subcategory: Itineraries | Tags: North Carolina , Texas , Twenty-Fifth Army Corps
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