CHAP. XLVIII.] RAPIDAN TO THE JAMES. 3 I
June 2.—Marched to the left until 2 . m. and halted in dense
woods. At 5 p. m. ordered forward as picket reserve near Bethesda
Church. Under arms all night ; continuous picket-firing.
June 3.—Moved forward at daylight. Formed line of battle on
the left of One hundred and eighty-third Pennsylvania Volunteers.
Charged the enemy's position at 4.30 a. m., but being without sup-
port were compelled to fall back with considerable loss. About
noon formed line along the Dispatch road and threw up breast-works.
June 3 to 12.—No movements ; occasional artillery fire ; lay in
breast-works suffering some loss from sharpshooters. *
By order of Maj. George W. Scott :
R. A. BROWN,
First Lieut. and Adjutant Sixty-first N. Y. Volunteers.
Capt. G. H. CALDWELL,
Report of Lieut. James E. Deno, Eighty-first Pennsylvania In-
CAMP EIGHTY-FIRST REGT. PENNSYLVANIA VOLS.,
October 20, 1864.
Report of the operations of the Eighty-first Regiment of Pennsyl-
vania Volunteers, from May 1, 1864, to July 30, 1864.
On the 3d of May, 1864, this regiment was ordered to march in the
direction of the Rapidan, and we reached Ely's Ford by daybreak,
which we crossed, then took the road to Chancellorsville, arriving
on the old battle-ground by 10 a. m. and encamped behind the -old
earth-works thrown up by us exactly one year ago. On the 5th
moved from thence and at about 12 m. encountered the enemy on
Brock road in the Wilderness ; about 7 p. m. formed line in woods to
left of Brock road, advanced and took position in right of brigade ;
at 10 p. m. were driven to original position in open ground. On
the morning of the 6th of May, the regiment, in connection with
others of the brigade, went on .picket duty on the extreme left and
remained there until the morning of the 8th, then took up line of
march for Todd's Tavern, arrived same day at 9 a. m., formed in
line, and along with the remainder of the brigade charged, following
the enemy for 2 miles-, when they got on our flank and rear, compell-
ing us to fall back. Our regiment lost 7 men. Fell back on Todd's
" Tavern. On the 9th advanced by Corbin's Bridge over the River Po,
came up with the enemy's rear, fell back and recrossed the river.
On the 10th, the enemy being in heavy line of battle on the other
side of the river, our regiment in connection with others was thrown
out as skirmishers. Our right being attacked we were compelled to
fall back, but the enemy were finally repulsed, our regiment losing
*For continuation of report see Vol. XL, Part I.