CHAP. XLVIII.) RAPIDAN TO THE JAMES. 501
icket-line. In this affair 1 officer was wounded and 1 enlisted man
gilled and 5 wounded. With the exception of throwing up breast-
works nothing of importance occurred while in that vicinity.
The march across the Pamunkey, including the operations on the
Totopotomoy and at Cold Harbor.
On the night of May 26 recrossed the North Anna and bivouacked
for the night. After a severe march across the Pamunkey River
on pontoons on the 28th of May, formed line of battle and threw up
breast-works. From the 28th to the 31st of May the regiment was
not engaged in battle, the duty performed being to advance at times
and building breast-works. On the night of May 30 reached the
Totopotomoy, and threw up earth-works. Although the regiment
was within 100 yards of the enemy's fortifications not a shot was
fired during the night. On the morning of May 31 the enemy aban-
doned their works and fell back across the road, where they
held a strong line of works. As soon as it was discovered that the
enemy were falling back the regiment joined in the pursuit, crossing
the creek and occupying the works. About noon on the same day the
regiment was ordered to re-enforce the picket-line, and in so doing,
the enemy being in close proximity, several men were lost. Reach-
ing the road and line formed, the embankment beside the road
afforded good protection, owing to which fact the loss was quite
small. Here considerable skirmishing took place, but no general
engagement. At night, being relieved, recrossed the Totopotomoy
and occupied the works built by this regiment on the 29th. Here
remaining until midnight orders came to march. Marched all night
and arrived at Cold Harbor about noon June 2. Further than mov-
ing to various points of the line and erecting breast-works nothing
was done on Our part worthy of note. On the night of June 5
marched to the left, halting at Barker's Mill and erecting breast-
works. Remained idle until June 12, when the regiment was placed
During the night our forces marched toward the James, and at
daylight, June 13, the pickets were withdrawn, and moved on to
join our brigade.*
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
THOS. C. THOMPSON,
Itinerary of the Fourth Brigade, Third Division, Second Army
Corps, May 3-31.1
May 3.—Broke camp at 10.30 p. m. Moved at 11.30 in the direc-
tion of Rapidan River.
May 4.—Crossed the river at 10 a. m., and marched to Chancellors-
ville, and bivouacked for the night.
May 5.—Broke camp at 5 a. m., and marched in the direction of
Todd's Tavern. Took position at 2 p. m. on the Brock road, in sec-
ond line. At 4 p. m. the brigade was marched into the woods, and
* For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I.
t From return for May. Up to May 13 this command was the Second Brigade of
the Fourth Division.