490 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CHAP. XLVIII.
breast-works. The regiment on my right, Sixteenth Massachusetts
Volunteers, Lieutenant-Colonel Merriam, and Eleventh New Jersey
Volunteers, Lieutenant-Colonel Schoonover, on my left, advanced
and took possession of the front works, They made a handsome
charge across the field ; everything was now working favorably. In
a few minutes my horse was mortally wounded by two rifle-balls. I
dismounted and walked toward my line ; was hit by a spent ball on
or near my old wound that paralyzed my leg, and for the time was
unable to perform duty. Communicating the fact to General Mott,
I retired from the field.
In conclusion permit me to say that both officers and men deserve
credit for the heroism and bravery displayed, for all seemed to do
their duty nobly. Much credit is due my staff in all the trying
scenes and dangers of this day ; not an officer or man left his post
except the stragglers between the brigades spoken of above.
Saturday, May 7, 12. m., felt better and-reported to General Mott
for duty. Took command of my brigade and relieved Col. N. B. Mc-
Laughlen. At 4 p. in. moved along the Brock road and relieved
May 8, 4.30 a. m., ordered to be ready to move ; at 7.30 a. m.
moved ; at 11.30 a. m. halted in a pine woods near Todd's Tavern ;
fortified ; some firing on our left ; remained all night.
May 9, ordered to be in readiness to move at a moment's notice.
At 2 p. m. moved, and occupied the line of works near the tavern;
remained there all night.
It being the march to Spotsylvania Court-House, Va., and the oper-
ations in front of that place.
May 10, ordered to be ready to move at 3 a. m. Moved at 4 a.
m. toward Spotsylvania Court-House ; formed in column of masses
in rear of Second Brigade, near the Brown house ; 2 p. m., ordered to
be ready to move on the enemy's works at 5 p. m.; 4.30 p. m., line
ready, with skirmishers in front ; Sixth New Jersey Volunteers
detailed for that purpose, Colonel Gilkyson in command, with full
instructions ?ª my brigade in front line, Second Brigade in rear, Col-
onel Campbell on my right, with two regiments of the Sixth Corps ;
5 p. m. General Mott instructed me to forward. I gave the order.
We moved thr6ugh the woods and drove the enemy's skirmishers
back toward their works. On reaching the open field, the enemy
opened his batteries, enfilading our lines and causing our men to fall
back in confusion, excepting. a small portion of the front line. Col-
onel Blaisdell, Colonel Campbell, and myself consulted as to what
was to be done, and concluded that there was nothing left but to
fall back, which we did, to the foot of the hill. Before reaching
this place we threw out a line of pickets in advance of the old one,
and massed our forces as a reserve, and remained for the night.
May 11, 3 a. m., ordered to move my reserves back behind the
breast-works and leave the pickets. At dawn of day moved with
the division to the right in rear of the Sixth Corps and massed. In
the afternoon moved to the left and went into the breast-works va-
cated by the Sixth Corps. As soon as it was dark ordered to move
to the Brown?Í? house, and took position behind breast-works.