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line between Fifth and Eighteenth Corps about 1.30 p. m., and built
works and remained there all night. June 4, relieved about 5 p.
m. by Burnside's troops, and we returned to the same bivouac we
occupied on the 3d instant. June 5, at 6 p. m. moved to the left a
short distance, and at 12 midnight commenced to build works. At
8.30 a. in, of the 6th the regiment went on picket and remained all
night and the next day until 7 p. m.
After reporting at brigade headquarters the regiment was again
ordered back to take a position in the rear of the picket-line, and act
as a corps of observation. 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and ]2th, remained
in camp and on picket near New Bridge. At about 9 o'clock on the
evening of the 12th started to join the brigade, after which marched
some 4 miles, and rested until morning, when we again moved for-
ward toward Wilcox's Landing ?ª at 9 p. m. halted for the night.*
I am, sir, very respectfully-, your obedient servant, ?ª -
T. C. GODFREY,
Captain, Commanding Regiment. .
Report of Capt. Thomas C. Thompson, Seventh New Jersey In-
HDQRS. SEVENTH REGIMENT NEW JERSEY VOLUNTEERS,
Near Petersburg, Va., August 8, 1864.
SIR : In obedience to paragraph 5, Special Orders,No. 209, headquar-
ters Army of the Potomac, dated August 5, 1864, I have the honor
to submit the following report of the part taken by my regiment in
the several operations of the campaign from the crossing of the
Rapidan, May 3, 1864, to July 30, '1864 :
The crossing of the Rapidan and the battles of the Wilderness.
Crossed the Rapidan on pontoons at Ely's Ford on the afternoon
of May 4, 1864. Marched to near Chancellorsville and bivouacked
for the night, Maj. Frederick Cooper at that time commanding regi-
ment. Early on the morning of May 5 marched toward Fredericks-
burg, and about 3 p, m. halted on the Brock road in the Wilder-
ness, and formed line of battle along the road, the right resting near
the plank road, which crosses the Brock road, and the 14t extend-
ing down the road in direction of Spotaylvania Court-House. In
compliance with orders, breast-works were hastily constructed, and
about 5 p. m., the enemy then being in front, orders were given to
advance. The regiment was in the first line of battle, a second line
following at supporting distance. Proceeding some 300 yards
through a dense jungle of scrub oak, which in a degree was almost
impassable, it became necessary to halt and reform line. This was
found to be almost impossible, as nearly the whole regiment had be-
come overlapped by the other regiments on.right and left. To avoid
additional confusion the regiment was withdrawn a few paces to the
rear, in order to re-establish the line, and just when in readiness to
press forward the enemy attacked, but was repulsed. Pressing
* For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I.