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very little skirmishing, and on the 10th my command was relieved
from duty in the intrenchments. There was skirmishing all day
June 11. At dark June 12 the command marched to the left, *
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
THOS. A. SMYTH,
Col., Comdg. Third Brig., Third Div., 2d Army Corps.
,Capt. A. H. EMBLER,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
Report of Capt. John C. Broatch, Fourteenth Connecticut Infantry.
HDQRS. FOURTEENTH CONNECTICUT VOLUNTEERS,
August 7, 1864.
LIEUTENANT : The following is respectfully submitted as a brief
sketch of the operations of this regiment during the present cam-
paign, divided into five epochs, as required by Special Orders, No.
209, headquarters Army of the Potomac :
Left camp at Stony Mountain at dark May 3, 1864 ; crossed the
Rapidan River at Ely's Ford next morning ; halted and went
into camp for the night on the old Chancellorsville battle-field at
2 p. m. Resumed our march upon the morning of the 5th, moving
through a place called Todd's Tavern, and toward Spotsylvania
Court-House. Halted toward noon and threw up breast-works.
In the latter part of the afternoon marched back again over the
same ground to a cross-roads, where we advanced in line of battle
into the woods which bordered the road, receiving a fire from the
enemy, but without being able to return it, as some of our own
troops were in advance of us. Loss in the regiment about 15 killed
and wounded, among whom were 2 commissioned officers. At day-
light next morning moved upon the enemy, the brigade being formed
in two lines of battle, the Fourteenth upon the left of the first line.
After advancing for upward of half a mile met the enemy, and
were hotly engaged with them. Fell back for a distance of 4 or 5
rods, but promptly rallied and completely repulsed the rebel attack.
Were then relieved by another line of battle, and the brigade was
ordered to withdraw for a short distance to the rear, where it was
resupplied with cartridges. The regiment received the hearty com-
mendation of Colonel Carroll, brigade commander, for its conduct
upon this occasion. Later in the day, an attack being made by the
rebels upon the left flank of our lines, a part of our brigade was
swung around to meet it. For upward of twenty minutes the
Fourteenth held that part of the enemy's line opposite to it in check.
At the expiration of that time the First Delaware, which was upon
its left, being outflanked by the rebel line and forced to retire, the
Fourteenth fell back in good order to the cross-roads, where it was
at once reformed in line and ready for further services. Our loss
this day was severe, particularly in officers.
*For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I.