420 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CHAP. XLVIII.
On the 1st day of June commenced our line of march for Cold
Harbor. On the 3d, was engaged in the battle and charge on the
enemy's works and remained in the front line until the 13th, when
we marched to the Chickahominy.*
Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Regiment.
Lieut. J. W. MUFFLY,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Fourth Brigade.
Report of Lieut. Simon Pincus, Sixty-sixth New York Infantry.
HDQRS. SIXTY-SIXTH NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS,
September 10, 1864.
SIR : I have the honor to transmit the report of operations from
May 3 1864, to July 30, 1864.
I have the honor to report that the Sixty-sixth New York Vet-
eran Volunteers, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Hammell, re-
ceived orders to break camp May 3 and be ready to march.
This command crossed the Rapidan at Ely's Ford May 4 at day-
light and arrived at Chancellorsville, which place we reached near
sundown. A picket was immediately detailed from the regiment,
under the command of Captain Gosse, commanding Company E,
which was relieved at daylight May 5.
Then we continued our march toward the Wilderness, which
place we reached at dusk, and?ªwere immediately deployed in line of
battle in the woods on the right of the Third Brigade. The line
was scarcely formed when the rebels came marching by the flank
in front of my regiment, distant about 10 paces. It being dark,
they were at first taken for friends, but the illusion was soon dis-
pelled, and Lieutenant-Colonel Hammell gave the order to fire,
which order was promptly executed with fatal effect. It proved to
be the Seventh North Carolina, commanded by Lieutenant-Col-
onel Davidson, who was captured by Second Lieut. Newman Bur-
chardt. Several other commissioned officers and privates were
taken at the same time. The rebels again advanced in line of bat-
tle, but after three rounds had been fired the rebel line broke
and fled, leaving their wounded and dead on the field. The loss
of the regiment was light. We were relieved at midnight and
went to the rear and bivouacked on the Spotsylvania road behind
May 7, we marched about 2 miles to the left and formed in
line of battle, after which we threw up breast-works. At this time
firing on the picket-line was rapid and continuous. The regiment
was ordereeby Colonel Brooke, commanding Fourth Brigade, to
proceed at once to support the skirmish line and remained until
next morning, when we were relieved.
*For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I.