CrrAp. XLVIII.] RAPIDAN TO THE JAMES. 4Th
and recruits, numbering 129 men for duty, were transferred to the
Seventeenth Maine Volunteers.
June 12. Here the remnant of the Fourteenth Indiana Volun-
teers, numbering 58 men for duty, was consolidated with the Twen-
tieth Indiana Volunteers. *
R. DE TROBRIAND,
Report of Capt. Madison M. Cannon, Fortieth New York Infantry.
HDQRS. FORTIETH NEW YORK VETERAN VOLUNTEERS,
August 7, 1864.
LIEUTENANT : In obedience to Special Orders, No. 209, headquar-
ters Army of the Potomac, I have the honor to submit the following
report of the part taken by this regiment in the operations of the
campaign beginning May 4, and ending July 31, 1864 :
The regiment broke camp at Brandy Station at midnight May 3,
with 28 officers and 630 muskets, under the command of Col. T. W.
Egan, and with the remainder of the brigade marched toward the
Rapidan, crossing at Ely's Ford at 11 a. m. May 4, arriving at the
Chancellorsville battle-field at 3 p. fn., and halting for the night.
Started at daylight morning of the 5th, with the brigade, for Todd's
Tavern, arriving at 10 a. m., where we remained until 1 p. m., when
we marched to Brock's Cross-Roads, formed line of battle on the left
of the plank road, and went under fire at 3 p. m., supporting the
Vermont brigade, of the Sixth Corps. The command remained in
support until 3.30 p. m., when we advanced, relieving the troops in
our front, and engaged the enemy. The regiment fought in line of
battle until dark, when the firing ceased, holding its position with
heavy loss. We were then relieved by a brigade of the First Divis-
ion (Barlow's), which we supported during the night. At daylight
on the morning of the 6th the command was moved to the extreme
left to protect the flank. In executing this movement we cut off and
captured about 100 prisoners. The regiment remained in this posi-
tion until about 10 a. m., when the enemy advanced in our front,
but were driven back. Finding that the enemy were attempting to
flank us, the regiment changed front obliquely to the rear, and re-
mained in this position about an hour. During this time the line
was extended to the left by a brigade of the First Division (Bar-
low's). They had but just established their line when the enemy
advanced a strong skirmish line, followed by a heavy column. As
soon as their skirmishers became engaged, the entire line on our left
gave way, leaving our left flank and rear exposed to the enemy's
fire. Our front was then changed to the rear, temporarily checking
their advance, but in consequence of the exposed condition of our
left flank, which the enemy had succeeded in turning, and the heavy
fire received in rear from our own troops that had given way, we
were compelled to fall back in order to escape being captured, as we
* For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I.
Capt. J. P. FINKEL1VIEIER,