392 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [Clap. XLVIII.
up breast-works, being moved to different places on the line. On the
18th, were ordered to charge the enemy's works, which was done,
with a loss of 1 enlisted man killed and 6 enlisted men wounded ;
19th and 20th, lying behind breast-works.
At 10 p. m. 20th, took up line of march in direction of Milford,
reaching that place about 2'.30 p. m. 21st instant, and sent with
balance of brigade in support of cavalry. Advanced 2 miles and
threw up breast-works ; 23d, were detailed as wagon guard with the
brigade, and on 24th crossed the North Anna River, taking posses-
sion of the crest of the hill. At 11 p. m. on the 26th instant, re-
crossed the river and were marched about 3 miles to the left and
bivouacked until morning.
On the 27th marched in direction of the Pamunkey River, and
crossed it on pontoon bridge at about 4 p. m. of the 28th ; advanced
3 miles and threw up breast-works and remained there until 12 m.
29th instant, when we took up the line of march, advancing 3 miles,
together with the division. Engaged all night of the 29th in
throwing up works, in which we remained until the night of the
June 1, received orders to march,. and fell into line at dark ;
marched all night, halting at 9 a. m. June 2 ; at noon took position
behind breast-works, which we strengthened ; 3 p. m., advanced 30
rods across a field, and under fire threw up works, remaining behind
them all night, the enemy occasionally firing upon us.
June 3, at 6 a. m., an advance was ordered and a charge, but
meeting too great'force was obliged to fall back, with a loss of 3 com-
missioned officers and 17 enlisted men killed, wounded, and missing.
Threw up breast-works, where we remained until June 6. From 6th
to 11th the regiment was engaged on breast-works and picket duty
along the line. *
Respectfully, your obedient servant.
Captain, Commanding Regiment.
First Lieut. GEORGE MITCHELL,
Actg. Asst. Adjt. Gen., Consolidated Brigade.
Report of Capt. John Smith, Eighty-eighth, New York Infantry,
commanding Sixty-third New York Infantry.
HDQRS. SIXTY-THIRD REGT. NEW YORK VOLS., .
In the Field, Va., June 4, 1864.
In compliance with orders received this day, I have the honor to
submit the following brief history of the Sixty-third New York
Volunteers since May 3, 1864, date of breaking camp, up to May 31,
Received orders on the 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 the direction of Chancellorsville, which
*For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I.