306 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [Carr. XLVIII.
Brocklin parked his train on the hill, moved down to the river and
built his bridge, completing it a few minutes in advance of Captain
Van Brocklin. At 6 p. tn., on the same day, most of the Fifth and
Sixth Corps having crossed the river, Captain Van Brocklin dis-
mantled his bridge, leavino. Captain McDonald's bridge to pass the
supply trains and the Ninth Corps, and on the morning of the 5th
moved his train to Old Wilderness Tavern. During the day his
company was occupied in repairing the bridges over Old Wilderness
Run and the roads in its vicinity.
On the morning of May 3, at 7 a. in., Major Brainerd broke camp
at Stevensburg and moved with his battalion at the head of the
Second Corps, arriving at Ely's Ford about 6 a. m. on the morning
of the 4th, where he laid his bridge as already described ; length of
bridge, 190 feet. The whole of the Second Corps having crossed the*
river this, bridge was dismantled at 2 p. ra. on the 5th, and Major
Brainerd moved with his battalion to Chancellorsville the same
On the 2d of May Major Beers took up his bridge at Welford's
Ford, on the Hazel River, except one boat left in the river for a
ferry, and went into camp on the south side of the river. On the
morning of the 4th, at 4 o'clock, he broke camp and marched with
his battalion and pontoon train for Culpeper Ford, on the Rapidan,
and had a bridge completed at that point at 5 p. in. the same day ;
length of the bridge, 160 feet. Most of the supply trains crossed on
this bridge. On the 5th, this battalion was occupied most of the day
upon roads in the direction of Richardsville and in the vicinity of
the river to facilitate the passage of trains. At 5 p. in., on the 5th,
this bridge was dismantled, the trains moved back about miles
from the river and parked about midnight.
On the 1st of May Captain McDonald, by order of General War-
ren, dismantled the bridge at Rappahannock Station, and parked
his train on the south side of the river.
At 1 p. m. on the 3d, he marched with his battalion and train, via
Paoli Mills, for Germanna Ford, arriving at a point near the ford at
10 o'clock the same evening.
On the morning of the 4th, at 5 o'clock, he moved his train to the
river, and laid a bridge, as heretofore described ; length of the
bridge, 220 feet. Most of the Fifth, Sixth, and Ninth Corps crossed
on this bridge. During the 4th and 5th, Companies D and M of this
battalion performed very efficient service upon the roads in the
vicinity of the ford. This brings my report of the operations of all
the battalions up to the evening of May 5. At that time the only
pontoon bridge remaining in use over the Rapidan. was that of the
Third Battalion at Germanna Ford.
About midnight on the 5th of May Lieutenant Folwell returned
from general headquarters with orders for me to report there at
daylight the next morning with my command, and notice that all
tie other battalions had been called to rendezvous there at the same
time to be consolidated under my command for duty as infantry