444 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CHAP. XLVUI.
Report -of Lieut. Cot. William Davis, Sixty-ninth Pennsylvania
Infantry, of opewations May 3-13.
HDQRS. SIXTY-NINTH REGT. PENNSYLVANIA VET. VOLS.,
August 11, 1864.
SIR : In obedience to Special Orders, No. 209, Army of the Poto-
mac, I have the honor to submit the following report of the part
taken by my regiment in the several operations of the campaign
from the crossing of the Rapidan River to the 30th of July, before
After crossing'the Rapidan River, which was accomplished on the
night of the 3d of May, we did not become engaged with the enemy
until May 5, when, after forming line of battle in the evening, I
was directed to advance my regiment with the troops on my right
and left, which did, driving the enemy's skirmishers from their
position, which we held until 4 a. m. on the morning of the 6th,
when we advanced, drove the enemy for the distance of nearly 1
mile, taking a line of rifle-pits and capturing a portion of their skir-
mishers. After driving them this distance, their lines became
strengthened, and we were compelled to fall back to the rifle-pits
taken at the commencement, losing nearly all the ground so recently
On the morning-of the 6th I was ordered by General Owen to
throw out skirmishers from the regiment for the purpose of devel-
oping the enemy, which I did, and at sunrise an engagement was
brought on. The enemy were forced back through thick underbrush
for the distance of , when we came to an opening, across which
the enemy had a breast-work constructed of fallen timbers and fence
rails, upon which we charged, drove the enemy, and captured a
small number of prisoners. We continued advancing for the dis-
tance of nearly 2 miles, when our ammunition became expended.
We were then relieved by the Third Division, who followed as a
support, forming three lines of battle. After being relieved we
marched on the plank road until the Shady Grove road was reached,
when we turned to the left and formed in front of and parallel to
the last-named road, and left of the plank road. In a short time
after reaching this place the Third Division was driven back, on
account of which I was ordered to the right, along with the rest of
the brigade, about a distance of 1 mile from our last position, where
we formed line of battle on a high hill and awaited further orders.
We had not remained in this position long when we were attacked
by the skirmishers of the enemy. I received orders to fall back to
another hill about the distance of 300 yards in rear of the first one.
The enemy still kept advancing, and after delivering a few volleys
of musketry they fell back. As the rest of the troops on the right
and left of us had fallen back, it was deemed necessary to withdraw
us, and hence I was ordered to fall back to the right of the plank
road, where we built breast-works and remained for a short. time,
after which I was ordered to the support of the troops on my left,
who were attacked. After reaching the position I was ordered to,
the fighting there was all over, and I then stacked arms and remained
for the night. During the 7th we remained in same position as on
the night previous. Thus ended the first epoch. Three killed, 11
wounded, 5 missing.