424 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CRAP, XLVIII.
vania Volunteers. I was then ordered by Colonel Brooke, command-
ing brigade, to move to the right, and after moving about 1+ miles,
I was ordered forward into the front line of works, relieving the
Nineteenth Maine Regiment. I was soon after relieved by a portibn
of General Mott's command, and resumed my former position in rear
of One hundred and forty-eighth Pennsylvania Volunteers. I re-
ceived orders to march to the left and report to Colonel Miles, com-
manding First Brigade ; remained under his command all night.
At 5 a. m. May 7, was ordered by Colonel Miles to relieve the
Sixty-first New York, and strengthen the line of works between two
sections of Battery G, First New York Artillery. Laid in breast-
works until 6 p. m., when I was ordered by General Barlow to join
my brigade, which I did, and took up a position in the breast-works..
Marched at 6 a. m. May 8, moving left in front and following Sixty-
fourth New York. Marched about 4 miles to Todd's Tavern, and
formed line of battle to the right of a road, where I remained until
6 p. m., when firing commenced some distance on my left. I was
ordered to move to the left, and after moving a short distance, I
was ordered to move back to my former position. At 6.30 a. m.
the regiment moved forward into the breast-works, and formed on
the left of the One hundred and forty-fifth Pennsylvania Volunteers.
The march to Spotsylvania Court-House and the operations m front
of that place.
At 12 m. on the 9th we marched about 3 miles to the left, and
formed line of battle and began throwing up works. About 5 p. m.
crossed, the Po River, formed line on the right of the Sixty-fourth
New York, and marched in line of battle about 1 mile. Then moved
by the left flank a short distance, and formed on the edge of a woods.
At 7 p. m. moved about 1 mile to the left. On this day Lieutenant-
Colonel McMichael was relieved of command of the regiment, and
Lieut. Col. D. L. Stricker, Second Delaware Volunteers, assigned to
the command. Bivouacked for the night.
At 8 a. m. May 10 marched to the right, remaining two hours, and
then marched back to the same position we held in the morning.
At 11 a. m. again moved to the right After going a short distance
filed right into a woods and built breast-works. At 1 o'clock was
again ordered to the position we held in the morning. Formed line
of battle in a woods, when we were ordered to move forward down
along the road and cross with the left of the regiment a deep ravine.
The regiment then moved forward and occupied the crest of a hill
in our front. The enemy opened upon us a severe musketry fire.
The fight continued for nearly an hour, when the thick undergrowth
and fallen timber took fire and burned furiously. The fire com-
pelled the regiment to fall back on the opposite side of the ravine,
which was done in good order. Line was formed and remained for
a short time, when the regiment in accordance with the orders of
Colonel Brooke moved left in front and recrossed the Po River.
Bivouacked for the night about one-half mile from the river, where
I remained until 9 p. m. May 11, when. I moved to the left about 4
miles. About 4 o'clock of May 12 the regiment was ordered for-
ward to charge the intrenched position of the enemy in our imme-
diate front. Moved forward in good order to near the rebel position,