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attempt anything further. I abandoned this position only when the
troops on my left gave way (there were none on my right during any
part of the advance) and the enemy threatened to cut me off. No
further attack was ordered during the day. I carried into action 26
officers and 235 men ; lost 2 officers killed and 3 wounded, 8 men
killed and 79 wounded.
Slight skirmishing lasted during the 7th and 8th ultimo [May].
On the night of the latter day we took up the line of march for
Spotsylvama Court-House, which we reached early on the following
morning after an exhaustive night march. ?ª Everything was gotten
in readiness to attack the enemy, who had arrived here at the same
time with us. We advanced, but failed to find him in the direction
originally taken, when we changed front and pursued a course at
right angles with the last. We shortly began skirmishing, which
was kept up until night put a stop to it. On the next day we moved
a short distance to the left and erected a line of temporary works of
fallen trees. On the morning of the 10th the enemy assaulted our
position, but were repulsed after a sharp contest of an hour and a
half. My skirmish line, slightly re-enforced, held its position
throughout the fight. More or less skirmishing occurred during the
following day. On the 12th the enemy made a most determined
attack, which was met with great gallantry by our men and repulsed
after several hours of hard fighting. The density of the woods, the
smoke, and other causes prevented me from ascertaining the moment
of the enemy's withdrawal. I therefore advanced my skirmishers,
assisted on my left by Captain Lyle, commanding Fifth South Caro-
lina, and succeeded in capturing 17 or 18 of the enemy. A few days
later the enemy abandoned our front, when we were transferred to
the right extremity of the army. Nothing worthy of report occurred
here until the night of May 17, when we evacuated our lines and
moved in the direction of Hanover Junction. I began the action of
Spotsylvania Court-House with 21 officers and 148 men. Lost 1
officer killed and 3 wounded, 2 men killed and 16 wounded.
We remained at Hanover Junction from the 18th ultimo [May]
until about the 25th. During this time we were engaged in several
sharp skirmishes, resulting in the loss to my regiment of 1 officer
wounded and 1 man killed. We next moved to the lines of the
Chickahominy, where, after considerable maneuvering, we finally
became established in the vicinity of Cold Harbor. On June 3 we
had a sharp skirmish with the enemy with the loss of 1 man. We
abandoned these lines on the 12th and marched to the neighborhood
of Frayser's farm. *
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JAMES R. HAGOOD,
Report of Lieut. Gen. Richard S. Ewell, C. S. Army, command-
ing Second Army Corps, of operations May 4-29.
RICHMOND, VA., March 20, 1865.
COLONEL : When General Grant crossed the Rapidan, R. D. John-
ston's (North Carolina) brigade, of Rodes' division, was at Hanover
* For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I.
Capt. A. C. SORREL, A. A. G.