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praiseworthy manner ; also Lieut. C. F. Smith, Fifty-third Pennsyl-
vania, Capt. H. J. Smith, and Lieut. Charles P. Hatch, deserve con-
sideration for the gallant and faithful manner in which they conducted
The loss of the notes taken during the campaign (which were cap-
tured by the enemy with the staff officers who had them in charge)
prevented me making an earlier report of the operations of the first
part of the campaign of 1864. Their recovery at this late date
enables me to make this report from them.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
JOHN R. BROOKE,
Brevet Major-General of Volunteers.
ASST. ADJT. GEN., FIRST DIV., SECOND CORPS.
HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DEPARTMENT,
Baltimore, Md., March 8, 1866.
Respectfully forwarded to Major-General Meade, late- commander
of the Army of the Potomac.
General Brooke, in describing the operations of his command, does
not in some instances coincide with my own reports of the same
actions, and I cannot, therefore, approve his report throughout, but
he is an officer of such high rank and reputation that whatever he
asserts deserves consideration. He gives his reasons within for his
long delay in forwarding the report to me.
WINF'D S. HANCOCK,
Major-General, U. S. Volunteers, Comdg. Mid. Mil. Dept.
Report of Lieut. Col. William Glenny, Sixty-fourth New York
Infantry, commanding Fourth Brigade.
HDQRS. FOURTH BRIGADE, 1ST DIV., 2D ARMY CORPS,
September 13, 1864.
In compliance with Special Orders, No. 209, headquarters Army
of the Potomac, of August 5, 1864, I have the honor to transmit the
following report of the operations of this command from May 3 to
July 30, 1864
May 3, 1864, the Fourth Brigade, First Division, Second Army
Corps, commanded by Col. J. R. Brooke, Fifty-third Pennsylvania
Veteran Volunteers, consisting of the Fifty-third, One hundred and
forty-fifth, One hundred and Forty-eighth Pennsylvania, Second
Delaware, and Sixty-fourth and Sixty-sixth New York Volunteers,
received orders to prepare to move, and, in compliance with a subse-
quent order, broke camp near Stevensburg, Va., at 11 p. m., and
took up the line of march toward the Rapidan on the road leading
to Ely's Ford ; this command being the advance of the infantry
forces. The river was crossed at 6 a. ra. of the 4th and the march