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position badly used. In this charge the regiment lost its gallant
colonel, Richard Byrnes, commanding brigade, and Lieut. James B.
West in killed, and Lieutenants Trainor and O'Brien wounded.
Regiment fell back to original position with but 3 lieutenants and
66 men for duty. During the night many stragglers came up.
During this epoch great credit is clue both the officers and men in
this regiment for the energy displayed. bravery and labor obtained
from them under great fatigue and difficulties.
In this epoch the regiment met the following casualties May 31 to
June 13 Killed, 2 officers and 8 enlisted men ; wounded, 2 officers
and 44 enlisted men ; missing, 1 enlisted man.*
Captain, Commanding Regiment.
Report of Capt. Alexander Watts, Sixty-third New York Infantry.
HDQRS. SIXTY-THIRD REGIMENT NEW YORK VOLS.,
Near Petersburg, Va., October 13, 1864.
In compliance with orders from headquarters Army of the Poto-
mac, No. 265, dated October 1, 1864, I have the honor to report the
operations of this regiment from May 4 to July 30, inclusive :
Received orders on 3d of May to march, and took up line of march
11 p. m. and crossed the Rapidan River at Ely's Ford, and from
thence marched in direction of Chancellorsville, which place was
reached at about 3 p. m. May 4 ; from thence marched to the Wil-
derness, and at 5 p. m. of the 5th instant engaged the enemy and
fought them until 7 o'clock, when we were relieved. One captain
and 6 enlisted men killed, 1 major and 56 enlisted men wounded, and
12 enlisted men missing. Formed line next morning on the road and
occupied breast-works thrown up during the night by the division
pioneer corps. The enemy charged the works and were repulsed.
Nineteen enlisted men of the regiment wounded. May 8, marched
from the works and reached Todd's Tavern about 11 a. m. This
regiment was thrown out as skirmishers and advanced to the cross-
roads about 2 miles, and met part of Gregg's cavalry division ; found
no enemy and were ordered to picket the road', which was done. At
4 p. m. the same day, the enemy made a demonstration on our line,
and after fighting until dark were ordered to fall back to breast-
works. One enlisted man killed and 3 wounded. From the 9th to
the 11th the regiment was on the march from one point to another,
throwing up breast-works.
At daylight on the morning of the 12th were, with the rest of the
division, orderedlo charge the enemy's works, which was done very
successfully. Loss, 1 commissioned officer and 2 enlisted men killed,
12 enlisted men wounded, and 3 enlisted men missing; 13th and 14th,
regiment on picket, losing 1 enlisted man killed and 1 enlisted man
wounded ; 15th, 16th, and 17th, the regiment engaged in throwing
For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I.
Lieut. MARTIN BINNEY,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.