Official Report of Captain John Lutz on the 107th Ohio in the Battle of Gettysburg

IN THE FIELD, NEAR GETTYSBURG, PA.,
July 4, 1863.

SIR:

The following is the report of the part this regiment has taken in the action of July 1, 2, and 3:

We arrived at Gettysburg, Pa., at about 1 p.m. July 1, and at about 2 p.m. marched through the town to the front, and engaged the enemy about half a mile north of the town.

The engagement lasted until about 4 p.m., during which time the , being exposed to a heavy fire of artillery and musketry, suffered heavily in killed and wounded. The enemy appearing in heavy force, the regiment was ordered to the south end of the town, where it was posted behind a board fence, holding this position until 7 p.m. July 2, during which time heavy skirmishing was going on between the and the enemy’s sharpshooters.

At about 7 p.m. the enemy appeared in force. We fought them, retiring at the same time behind a stone wall and in front of a battery, at which the enemy made a desperate charge upon us, but without success. They were repulsed with great loss. It was at this point the captured a stand of colors from the Eighth Louisiana Tigers. The engagement lasted about one hour and a half, after which the retired for the night.

On July 3, the was posted in front of the batteries, doing duty as skirmishers.

Very respectfully,

JOHN M. LUTZ,

Captain, Commanding 107th Ohio Volunteers.

Colonel NOBLE,
Commanding Second Brigade, First Division.

from OFFICIAL RECORDS: Series 1, vol 27, Part 1