480 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CHAP. XLVIII.
Itinerary of the Second Brigade, Third Division, Second Army
May 3.—The brigade broke camp at Brandy Station, Va., and
marched all night.
May 4.—Crossed the Rapidan in the morning and marched over
the old battle-ground of Chancellorsville.
May 5.—Began the battle of the Wilderness, when Brig. Gen. Al-
exander Hays, then commanding brigade, was shot through the head
May 6.—The battle raging fearfully.
May 7.—The brigade was sent on a reconnaissance to ascertain if
the enemy were there.
May 8.—Started toward Spotsylvania Court-House.
May 10.—Had another engagement.
May 11.—Had no serious fighting, yet we were under fire all day ;
marched all night.
May 12.—The brigade participated in the one grand charge of the
war, when there was nearly one entire division of rebels taken, in-
cluding the rebel Generals Johnson and Steuart, besides many stand
of colors. This brigade took eighteen pieces of artillery.
May 20.—We started at night on another march by the left flank,
marching that night and all the next day, passing through Bowling
Green, and crossing the Mattapony River that evening near Milford
May 23.—Started for Chesterfield, Va., North Anna River, but
found the enemy on the river in force. Just before dark the brigade,
under Colonel Pierce, of the Third Michigan, together with the
First Brigade, made a charge on the enemy, which was very' suc-
May 26.—At night we again withdrew from the front of the
enemy and started for the Pamunkey, which river we crossed May
May 29.—In the afternoon the First Massachusetts Heavy Artil-
lery was assigned to the brigade, being an accession of 67 officers and
Jute 1.—Stationed near Cold HarbOr, Va. The Seventeenth
Maine—consisting of 12 officers and 168 men present and 16 officers
and 454 men absent ; aggregate, 656—were transferred to First
Brigade, Third Division, Second Army Corps, per Special Orders,
No. —, headquarters Third Division, Second Army Corps, dated
June 1, 1864.
June 4.—Col. B. R. Pierce was assigned to the command of a bri-
gade in the Second Division, Second Army Corps, per Special Orders,
dated headquarters Second Corps, June 3, 1864.
June 7.—He was promoted to brigadier-general of volunteers.
June 10.—The term of service of the Third Michigan Volunteers
expired, and the original organization, consisting of 17 officers and
164 men, were sent to Michigan to be mustered out, while the re-
mainder, consisting of 1 officer and 209 men, were transferred to the
June 12.—We received marching orders, and the same night the
brigade started with.the rest of the division for James River.
* From returns for May and June.