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Series 1 Volume XLIV; Part 1, Skirmish near the Pocotaligo Road, S. C.

Official Report Number 01

Report of Col. Edward N. Hallowell, Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Infantry, commanding Second Brigade, Coast Division.
Headquarters Second Brigade, Coast Division
December 21, 1864

I have the honor to report that the Thirty-third U.S. Colored Infantry, Lieut. Col. C. T. Trowbridge commanding, returned last night at 7 O’clock from their reconnaissance. Leaving camp at 3:30 p.m. they proceeded northward and took the direction on the Tullifinny Creek. When about two miles and a half from our lines, the column changed direction to the right, and proceeded in an easterly course till they found an outpost of the enemy. Two companies were detached with a view to capturing the post, but were discovered and the alarm given. The enemy, 300 strong, formed line of battle and made a stand in the skirt of woods, near the Pocotalogo road, when Lieutenant-Colonel Trowbridge charges them and drove them back into the woods on the right. We here captured some of their blankets, overcoats, haversacks, canteens, &c., and then moved down the Pocotaligo road to camp.

Our casualties in this action were 7 wounded, one mortally, no prisoners were captured, and the loss to the enemy is not known.

Inclosed is Lieutenant- Colonel Trowbridge;s report, including a nominal list of casualties.

First Lieut. C. H. Robbins, Twenty-sixth U.S. Colored Troops, accompanied Lieutenant-Colonel Trowbridge, and rendered very valuable services as guide.

I am sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. N. Hallowell
Colonel, Commanding Second Brigade.
Lieut. L. B. Perry
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.



Title: The war of the rebellion: a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies.
Series 1Volume XLIV; Part 1, Skirmish near the Pocotaligo Road, S. C.; Page 450
Chapter:LVI - Operations in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. November 14-December 31, 1864
Author: United States. War Dept., John Sheldon Moody, Calvin Duvall Cowles, Frederick Caryton Ainsworth, Robert N. Scott, Henry Martyn Lazelle, George Breckenridge Davis, Leslie J. Perry, Joseph William Kirkley
Published: Washington: Government Printing Office
Date: 1893