516 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. (CHAP. XLVIIL
had ceased we set to work strengthening our position, and built
works for the left section, which we brought forward at daylight,
the 4th. The enemy, seeing us at work, immediately concentrated
a sharpshooters' fire upon us, occasionally favoring with a few shots
and shells. We replied every few minutes throughout the day.
About the same time as on the night previous they opened another
tremendous fusilade from artillery and infantry, but without leaving
their works. At night we built embrasures and made our position
doubly strong: 5th, desultory firing by artillery ; sharpshooters
very annoying. At 9 p. m. their batteries opened again, but without
effect. June 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11, remained in that position, hav-
ing built bomb-proofs for the men and ammunition and rendered
the works almost impregnable. We expended 400 rounds of am-
munition, dismounted three of their guns in one fort and silenc-
ing it completely. At midnight 11th we withdrew and parked
on White House road, near Second Corps headquarters. On the
afternoon of the 12th marched to Levy's house, ,rear of General
Birney's line, and parked till 7 p. m., when the corps moved toward
the Chickahominy River via Dispatch Station. *
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
EDWIN B. DOW,
Report of Capt. J. Henry Sleeper, Tenth Massachusetts Battery.
The crossing of the Rapidan and the battles of the Wilderness.
Having left camp at Stevensburg, Va., at 7.30 p. m. May 3, 1864,
the battery passed the night in a field by the roadside, and at day-
light resumed the march, and crossed the Rapidan at Ely's Ford at
11 a. m., parking for the night at Chancellorsville. At 6 a. m. of
the 5th continued the march, passing the Furnaces, and arriving at
Todd's Tavern about noon ; watered and fed the horses, and at 2 p.
m. took the back track for the Wilderness, where we arrived at 4
p. m., '
and went into position at a place called Hawkins' farm ?ª at
night drew out into and parked in a large field. At daylight of the
6th again took our position ; then, by order, moved to the extreme
left of the line to a place called Poplar Neck. Here a, five-gun bat-
tery opened fire upon us at 1,000 yards distance, which we soon
silenced, and, according to the report of the skirmishers, dismounted
one of their pieces, and killed and wounded quite a number of their
men. Remained in position during the night. One section re-
mained in position, another took post half a mile to the rear to cover
the road to Todd's Tavern, while the third was in line of battle on
the Hawkins farm. At night all the pieces withdrew to a field on
the right, where we remained parked and ready to move at a mo-
* For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I.
Lieut. U. D. EDDY,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.