372 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [emu,. XLVIII,
At this time I was re-enforced by the Fifth New Hampshire Volun-
teers, Col. C. E. Hapgood, said reoiment having been assigned to
duty in my brigade. We marched allnight and until noon June 2,
when we formed line on the left of the division near Bethesda
Church. Skirmishers were advanced, who encountered those of the
enemy near the Dispatch road, and drove them in some distance,
but the enemy's line being strengthened, they, in turn, charged and
regained their original position. The brigade built works and bivou-
acked. At daylight June 3, we formed line on the Dispatch road,
still forming the left of the division and army. With the Fourth
Brigade charged the enemy's works, and carried them, capturing
some 30 prisoners and driving the enemy, but were unable to hold
the position on account of the fire upon both flanks. We, however,
gained an advanced position which we held and fortified. We re-
mained in this position until 8 p. m. June 12, when we withdrew
and marched southward. *
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
NELSON A. MILES,
Brigadier-General of Volunteers.
Capt. W. R. DRIVER,
Assistant Adjutant-General, First Division.
Report of Maj. Nathan Church, Twenty-sixth Michigan Infantry.
HDQRS. TWENTY-SIXTH MICHIGAN VOLUNTEERS,
October 21, 1864.
May 3, 1864, the regiment was encamped near Stevensburg, Va.,
where it had been in winter quarters since December 8, 1863, and
commanded by Maj. Lemuel Saviers, constituting a part of the
First Brigade, First Division, Second Army Corps ; about 4 p. m.
received orders to be in readiness to march at 11 p. m., and moved
out at the appointed time with 20 officers and 432 men. Crossed the
Rapidan at Ely's Ford on the following morning at 7 o'clock, and
was deployed as flankers to cover the left flank of the division on
the march to Chancellorsville, where the division halted and the
regiment assembled and camped for the night. Next morning at
6 o'clock moved out toward Orange Court-House, encountering the
enemy about 4 p. m. Two companies were deployed as skirmishers
on the left of the line during the fight of that day. The remainder
of the regiment was lying in support in the woods to the right of
the road. Lost here but 1 man, wounded. At 11 p. m. was moved
out of the woods with the brigade to the left, where a line was
formed and breast-works thrown up. Six companies were thrown
out as skirmishers to cover a road on which Stuart's cavalry, having
been driven back by our cavalry, was posted, and remained on
picket during the night. On the 7th, charged the enemy's dis-
mounted cavalry with eight companies deployed as skirmishers,
driving them_ about 2 miles, capturing several prisoners and an im-
portant dispatch from General Lee. Lost 6 wounded.
* For continuation of report, see Vol. XL Part I.