308 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CHAP. XLVIII
m., by General Warren's orders, I sent Major Beers with his battal-
ion to rejoin the Sixth Corps. .General Sedgwick sent Major Beers
with his battalion to assist in protecting his rear , upon which he
was threatened by the enemy. During the night of the 7th, all the
battalions marched to Chancellorsville and there rejoined their sev-
eral trains, all of which, except the Third Battalion train, had been
brought up there from Ely's Ford.
Captain McDonald, who left the Wilderness with two companies
of his battalion at 11.30 p. m. on the 6th, as before mentioned, ar-
rived at Germanna Ford at 2.30 a. m. on the 7th. He immediately
dismantled his bridge, and at 6 a. m. moved by the north side of the
river toward Ely's Ford. There he relaid his bridge for the passage
of the ambulance train. At the close of this epoch, on the night of
May 7, pontoon train No. 3 was in use at Ely's Ford, in charge of
Captain McDonald with two companies, and all the other trains and
battalions were concentrated at or near Chancellorsville.
The march to Spotsylvania Court-House and the operations in front
of that place.
May 8, at daylight, the bridge at Germanna [Ely's] Ford was dis-
mantled, and Captain McDonald marched with his two companies
and his trains to the Ny River at Fallen Mill Crossing. All the bat-
talions except the reserve were encamped the same evening at. the
same point. The Reserve Battalion with its train marched via Tab-
ernacle Church to Alsop's Gate, having been misled by a guide, and
returned to the Fredericksburg plank road, near Miller's, about dark.
During the night marched to Piney Branch Church, on the south
side of the Ny River, where the trains were parked. May 9, the
First and Third Battalions marched. with their bridge trains to Al-
rich's on the plank road. The Second Battalion was engaged in
repairing roads toward Spotsylvania Court-House. May 10, by
your order, I sent Major Brainerd with two companies of his battal-
ion and his bridge train, together with six boats of train No. 3, to
bridge the Rappahannock at Fredericksburg. He started his train
at 11.30 a. m., and had his bridge ready for use at 4.30 p. m., having
marched 8 miles and built a bridge 420 feet in length in five hours.
I also sent Captain Van Brocklin with his bridge train to report to
Major-General Hancock near Todd's Tavern. . In compliance with
instructions there-received he laid two bridges, each about 50 feet in
length, across the river Po. At 3 p. m. these bridges were disman-
tled and Captain Van Brocklin returned to camp, with his train.
Major Beers moved his battalion and train to Alrich's.
To save repetition I will here state that orders given by me for
the organization and movement of trains, construction of bridges,
Sze., were always in obedience to instructions received from you as
chief engineer. May 13, Major Beers and Captain McDonald
marched their battalions, except guards left with the bridge trains,
to their respective corps headquarters, where they were engaged in
building and repairing roads and bridges. Major Beers built one
new corduroy bridge and repaired an old one over the Ny River.
Major Brainerd also sent Company F, from Fredericksburg, and
Company B, then at Alrich's, to Second Corps headquarters, under
command of Captain McGrath, for duty at the front, The Reserve