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thereby gaining a very good position. We were drawn in at 4 p.
to join the brigade. At dark we threw up breast-works, which were
finished before morning. We staid behind the works until evening,
when we crossed the Totopotomoy and again threw up works ; re-
mained behind them all day. About 9 p. in. we recrossed the creek
and moved toward Cold Harbor, which we reached at noon of the 2d
June. About 2 p. m. we threw up breast-works. At daybreak next
day, June 3, we were moved behind the skirmish line and advanced
on the enemy's works and took them, when the enemy charged and
retook their works. The regiment lost considerably in killed and
wounded, among the number was Colonel Morris, who was instantly
killed. We fell back to a position in advance of where our skir-
mishers held that morning, and held the enemy at bay until dark,
when we intrenched. Nothing of consequence occurred until the
12th. The regiment lost about 12 men front the enemy's sharp-
shooters from the 3d until the 12th, 1864.*
Lieut. D. S. FOUSE,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
Report of Capt. James Patton, Fifty-third Pennsylvania Infantry.
HDQRS. FIFTY-THIRD PENNSYLVANIA VETERAN VOLS.,
Near Petersburg, Va., August 7, 1864.
SIR : In compliance with Special Orders, No. 209, dated headquar-
ters Army of the Potomac, August 5, 1864, I have the honor to trans-
mit the following report of the operations of this command from
the crossing of the Rapidan May 4, 1864, to July 30, 1864:
The crossing of the Rapidan and the battles of the Wilderness.
On the 3d of May, near midnight, was ordered to march from camp
near Stevensburg, Va. ; marched all night and crossed the Rapidan
River at Ely's Ford at 6 a. m. on the 4th. After crossing the river,
marched about 10 miles and camped on the old battle-field of Chan-
cellorsville. At 10 a. m. on the 5th my command constituted part of
the rear guard for the wagon train ; marched 3 miles and formed line
of battle and sent out skirmishers. Soon after we marched on and
joined the remainder of the division, when we formed line of battle
in rear of breast-works, and remained in that position all night. On
the 6th left the rifle-pits at 10 a. m., and marched nearly 2 miles
and took up a position on the left flank in a wood and built breast-
works. At 2 p. m. marched back to our former position, and formed
line of battle in rear of One hundred and forty-eighth Pennsylvania
Volunteers and on the left of One hundred and forty-fifth Pennsyl-
*For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I.
Lieutenant, Commanding Regiment.