CHAP. XLVIIL] RAPIDAN TO THE JAMES. 539
Report of Lieut. Richard Metcalf, Fifth U. S. Artillery, command-
ing section, of operations May 12.
CAMP OF BATTERIES C AND I, FIFTH U. S. ARTY.,
Near Petersburg, Va., July —, 1864.
SIR : I have the honor to submit the following report of my sec-
tion, which was detached on the 12th of May last, at Spotsylvania
Heights : By your order I advanced with my section to the front
line of works and took position on the right of Colonel Upton's bri-
gade, of the Sixth Corps. The enemy not being more than 300 yards
in front of my position I opened with canister. Just at this time
a Mississippi regiment made a desperate charge on the line imme-
diately in my front. They succeeded in mounting the works, but
using double canister on them I drove them back. I then kept up a
fire of spherical case and shell with 1 second fuse until I had lost
11 men wounded. Being then unable to work the guns I ordered up
the limbers to try to get the pieces off but was unable to do so, as
many of my horses were instantly shot down. I then had a detail
of infantry to assist me and I succeeded in saving my guns. Dur-
ing the action I lost 1 man killed and 9 wounded ; also 9 horses
killed and 5 wounded. I did not get my limbers off of the field un-
til the morning of the 13th.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Second Lieut., Fifth U. S. Arty., Comdg. Section.
Lieut. JAMES GILLISS,
Comdg. Batteries C and I, Fifth U. S. Arty.
Journal of Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren, U. S. Army, com-
manding Fifth Ainty Corps.
At midnight, the commencement of May 4, the Fifth Army Corps
marched out from, the vicinity of Culpeper and took the road direct
through Stevensburg to Germaima Ford. Head of the column
reached there at 6 a. in., and began crossing at 7 a. m., as soon as
General Wilson's cavalry division had cleared the bridges. The
corps was all across by 1 p. m., and moving on bivouacked at Old
Wilderness Tavern, General Griffin's division holding the road lead-
ing to Robertson's Tavern. The cavalry, which had been out nearly
to this point, were all withdrawn by General Wilson, and the cav-
alry went on to Parker's Store.
May 5.—Set out according to orders 6 a. m.,toward Parker's Store—
Crawford, Wadsworth, Robinson ; enemy reported close at hand in
force, and when Crawford had nearly reached Parker's, "Generals
Meade and Grant arrived and determined to attack the force on the
road near Griffin. Wadsworth was immediately gotten in line to
left of Griffin with one brigade of Crawford, Robinson in support.
We attacked with this force impetuously, carried the enemy's line,
but being outflanked by a whole division of the enemy was coin-