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line, and remained until the night of the 1st of June, when we
marched to Cold Harbor, reaching there about noon on the 2d.
Intrenched and remained in position until the 3d, when we charged
on the enemy's works, but did not succeed in capturing them. We
fell back a short distance, threw up works, and remained behind
them until the 12th.*
I remain, lieutenant, yOur obedient servant,
ROBERT H. MILLIKEN,
Captain, Commanding Regiment.
Lieut. GEORGE MITCHELL,
Actg. Asst. Adjt. Gen., Consolidated Brigade.
Report of Licit& Col. Denis F. Burke, Eighty-eighth New York In-
HDQRS. EIGHTY-EIGHTH NEW YORK STATE VET. VOLS.,
October 14, 1864.
LIEUTENANT : In compliance with Special Orders, No. 209, head-
quarters Army of the Potomac, of August 5, 18610 I have the honor
to forward the following report of the part taken by this command
from the crossing of the Rapidan to the assault on the enemy's posi-
tion in front of Petersburg :
This regiment broke camp on the 3d of May, 1864, and crossed the
Rapidan at Ely's Ford, and marched to the Old Chancellorsville
battle-ground on the 4th ; encamped for the night. On the following
morning, 5th, moved at 5 a. m., and marched all day until 4 p. m.,
when we engaged the enemy. at Wilderness. The regiment advanced
in line of battle in conformity with the other regiments of the bri-
gade, and drove the enemy's line back. We held the portion gained
for over two hours, when we were relieved by a portion of the
Third Brigade, First Division, Second Corps. We retired and took
a position at the works on the plank road.
On the 6th of May, about the hour of 11 a. m., the enemy came in
heavy force and charged on our position, but they were repulsed
with heavy loss. On the 7th we were thrown out as skirmishers.
On the 8th we marched to Todd's Tavern. We were ordered out to
support a first line of skirmishers and held the enemy in check until
ordered by General Barlow to resume our former position. On the
9th we moved to the left of Third Division, Second Corps, and were
employed in throwing up breast-works ; 1 a. m. we moved to and
crossed the Po River, where we rested for the night On the 10th
the regiment was moved to different positions on the field and sub-
sequently ordered by General Hancock to take a position on the
* For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I.