CHAP. XLVIII.] RAPIDAN TO THE JAMES. 456
position, distant about 100 yards from their works, which we are
subsequently ordered to fortify. An attack made upon us by the
enemy in this position is easily repulsed. *
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JNO. C. BROATCH,
Captain, Commanding Regiment.
Lieut. T. E. PARSONS,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
Reports of Col. Theodore G. Ellis, Fourteenth Connecticut Infantry.
HDQRS. FOURTEENTH CONNECTICUT VOLUNTEERS,
June 7, 1864.
GENERAL : Although during the past month I have not been con-
tinually in command of my regiment, being part of the time in com-
mand of the brigade, and during the battles in which the regiment
has been engaged having been placed in command of other regi-
ments, in addition to my own, whereby my attention has been some-
what diverted from it, I feel it incumbent upon me to make the best
report of the movements and engagements of the regiment since the
commencement of the present campaign that lies in my power. On
the evening of May 3 the regiment left Stony Mountain, on the
Rapidan, with the four other regiments, composing the detachment
stationed at that point, which I then commanded, and marched to
join our brigade near Brandy Station. Marching all night, we
crossed the Rapidan with the rest of our corps at Ely's Ford about
daylight and proceeded to the old battle-field at Chancellorsville,
where we halted for the night. The next day our corps marched
southwesterly toward Todd's Tavern, where it was attacked in force
by the rebel army. We turned northward and marched to the cross-
roads, about 5 miles west from Chancellorsville, formed by the junc-
tion of the plank road from Chancellorsville to Orange Court-Hotise
and the road upon-which we marched. The firing was quite heavy
when our brigade reached the scene of action. We were formed in
line of battle immediately north of the cross-roads, and advanced
into the woods, where we at once became engaged with the enemy.
The Fourteenth was in the first line of battle and behaved nobly, at
one time executing a change of 'fronts under fire to repel an attack on
our left. Before going into action our force was 20 commissioned
officers and 325 enlisted men.
The battle was resumed at daylight on the 6th. Our brigade ad-
vanced to the attack and moved forward about half a mile through
the woods, changing front toward the northwest, and crossing the
plank road running westward from the cross-roads. Here the enemy
were found in force. After being engaged in the front line until
our ammunition was exhausted, the regiment was, withdrawn to the
second line until again supplied. In the early part of the afternoon,
the enemy made a fierce and desperate assault upon our left flank,
which was for some time resisted, but our brigade being unsupported
on the left, it was obliged to fall back beyond the north and south
*For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I.