Near Petersburg Va
July 10 1864
I certify on honor that the camp & garrison equipage enumerated below were lost under the following circumstances.
The Brigade to which my Regt is attached was directed to advance double quick through a very dense thicket in the Wilderness and finding that the men got through with difficulty our commander directed that they should unsling knapsacks. They did so and shortly afterward being repulsed and obliged to retreat by a different route they were unable to regain them. 76 knapsacks were so abandoned, this on the 5th day of May 1864.
During the Battles which occurred from the 5th day of May to the 30th of May we lost in killed, wounded + Prisoners 44 men and in each case the Haversacks Canteens etc were unavoidably left on the field.
The following is the list of stores so abandoned
Seventy Six 76 76 Knapsacks Serviceable
Forty Four 44 44 Haversacks “
Forty Four 44 44 Canteens + Straps “
Twenty Two 22 22 Shelter Tents “
One hundred + forty two Great-Coat Straps “
J. F. Slagle
Capt-Comdg Co D.149th Regt Pa Vols
Jacob F. Slagle served through the war with the 149th Pennsylvania fighting at Gettysburg and being wounded severely in the face at The Wilderness during the action of which he speaks above. His frontline fighting was effectively over due to his wound and the attrition of his unit. He eventually rose to the rank of Major and became Judge Advocate, resigning in July of 1865.