1068 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CnAp. xLviIi.
mishers were more or less actively engaged while moving from our
last position, and after we settled in this, until the enemy left our
front, which they did on the night of June 5. We shifted position
on the line and advanced to Totopotomoy Swamp one evening; but
did not come in contact with the enemy again on this line. * ?ª
Report of Col. James R. Hagood, First South Carolina Infantry.
HDQRS. FIRST SOUTH CAROLINA INFANTRY,
December 20, 1864.
CAPTAIN : I have the honor to submit the following report of the
operations of this regiment since May 6 last :
On the morning of that day we confronted the enemy at the Wil-
derness. After getting into position I was instructed by General
Jenkins, commanding brigade, to support, if necessary, the regiment
of General Kershaw's brigade immediately on my front, then hotly
engaged with the enemy, and shortly. afterward, receiving a message
from the officer commanding the regiment stating that his ammuni-
tion was nearly exhausted and requesting me to relieve him, I moved
forward and occupied his position, his men retiring on my arrival.
The woods were very dense, shutting out all view excepting a short
distance in front of my line. The timid firing of the enemy led me
to suspect that he was not in heavy force, and to ascertain the truth
of my suspicion I then forwarded two companies as skirmishers,
with orders to press the enemy back if Aracticable. This they ac-
complished without much difficulty, driving them until their flanks
were threatened, when I ordered a halt. In this movement I was
not supported on either side. I immediately dispatched a message
to General Jenkins informing him of the state of affairs and
requesting supports. These never arrived, but in the mean time a
movement was put into execution on the right which rendered them
unnecessary. The enemy was driven off by an attack in flank.
Later in the day, after considerable delay in unnecessary maneuver-
ing, we arrived in front of the new position the enemy had taken up
after his morning's discomfiture, and prepared to attack him. I was
ordered to be governed by Colonel Coward's regiment—the battalion
of direction. The movement began, I holding fast to Colonel Cow-
ard, who, instead of advancing directly to the front, obliqued con-
siderably to the left, in conformity with the direction taken by the
troops on his left. We were met by a heavy volley from the enemy,
which for a moment staggered our line, causing some confusion.
We, however, quickly recovered and continued the advance. I here
discovered that the regiment which should have moved on my right
was not there. In the density of the forest concluded it had tempo-
rarily gotten lost and I gave no more thought to it. Under a de-
structive fire I attained the enemy's works and drove him from them.
He retired to a second line, keeping up a terrific fusillade, assisted by
several pieces of artillery.
The regiment alluded to a few lines back was still missing. My
men and ammunition almost exhausted, I deemed it inexpedient to
* For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I.