1090 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CHAP. XLVIII.
From May 10 to 21 the battalion was in line of battle at Spotsyl-
vania Court-House, and on the 18th instant Dance, Smith, Griffin,
and Jones were engaged. The enemy charged in heavy force and
was repulsed easily by the artillery alone.
May 21.—Moved. toward Hanover Junction and arrived at that
place May 23. In line of battle until May 27, when the army again
moved toward Richmond. The battalion encamped about- 9 miles
from Richmond, on the Mechanicsville road, May 28.
June 1.—Dance, Smith, and Griffin in position at Pole Green
Church, on Gordon's line (afterward relieved by Heth). The en-
emy charged about 6 p. m., and owing to the proximity of the lines
got quite close to our line of battle before they were observed. A
few rounds of canister broke them. They were easily repulsed
without the aid of infantry. The battalion was in line of battle
until the 5th instant near the Johnson house, and fired and were
under fire nearly the whole time.
On the evening of June 7 Smith's battery reported to General
Alexander, Longstreet's chief of artillery, and went out in advance
of our lines and shelled the enemy near Matadequin Creek, while
Dance and Griffin flanked the position, following the movements of
the infantry, and fired nearly all the evening with slight loss.
On the 8th the battalion went into camp near the Snyder house, on
William Gaines' farm.
June 13.—Moved to Savage Station.*
Report of Brig. Gen. William Mahone, C. S. Army, commanding
brigade, Anderson's division, Third Army Corps, of operations
HEADQUARTERS MAHONE'S BRIGADE,
MAJOR : In obedience to orders this brigade broke camp on May
4 and moved down on the Rapidan near Willis' Ford, where it was
charged with a portion of the line assigned to the care and defense
of the division covering the left and rear of the army, then moving
do w n upon the enemy, who had already crossed a part of his army
at the lower fords of the river.
The evening of the following day (May 5) we proceeded to join the
balance of our army, then confronting the enemy in the Wilderness,
and encamped near Verdierville for the night. The next day (May
6) we were with our troops on the plank road, and where the fight
was already earnestly progressing at an early hour. We were at
once assigned a position in support of a part of the line of Lieuten-
ant-General Long street's front, but very soon after were ordered to
join and co-operate with Anderson's and Wofford's brigades, of that
corps, in an attack upon the enemy's left flank. As the senior brig-
adier, I was by Lieutenant-General Longstreet charged with the Im-
mediate direction of this movement. Wofford and Anderson were
already in motion, and in a few moments the line of attack had been
formed, and the three brigades, in imposing order and with a step
*For continuation of itinerary, see Vol, XL, Part I.