No. 89. — Report of Capt. William Scherrer, 52nd New York Infantry.
CAMP NEAR MORRISVILLE, VA., August 2, 1863.
CAPTAIN: In compliance with circular from headquarters Second Army Corps, August 2, I have the honor to report that on July 2 this regiment arrived on the field near Gettysburg at about 10 a.m.
At 4 p.m. the regiment, under command of Lieut. Col. Charles G. Freudenberg, was ordered by General Zook, commanding this brigade, to advance toward our left, which was done in double-quick and in good order. Passing in line of battle through a small wood, the regiment finally arrived at a corn-field, where the battle had been already raging for several hours. Here the regiment, together with the brigade, commenced firing, giving the enemy, who was about 100 yards in front of our line, three or four good volleys. The position being too exposed, the regiment advanced on the enemy, who was then seen fleeing in all directions. Driving them about 1,500 or 2,000 yards through the woods and over the rocks, the regiment arrived on the edge of the woods, and was there ordered to halt.
About twenty-five minutes afterward the regiment was ordered to fall back, as the enemy had flanked us on our right.
During this engagement, which lasted over an hour, the regiment lost as follows: Killed, 1 officer and I enlisted man; wounded, 3 officers and 21 enlisted men, and missing, 8 enlisted men. Three enlisted men died since in hospital near Gettysburg.
The regiment then organized again, and rested for the night near the Taneytown road.
On July 3, the regiment occupied a position on the left of the battle-field, and opposite the enemy’s batteries, which could plainly be seen. During the shell fire, which commenced soon after 12 o’clock, the regiment was much exposed, but, fortunately, lost but 2 enlisted men, very slightly wounded by a piece of shell.
During the fight on July 2, the officers and men of this regiment performed their duties to their utmost endeavors.
I am, captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Captain, Comdg. 52d Regiment New York Vols.
Capt. GEORGE W. JONES,
Actg. Asst. Adjt. Gen., Third Brigade.
from Official Records, Series 1, Volume 27, Part 1