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June 5.—At night the command moved in the direction of Cold
Harbor, Va., and encamped.
June 7.—The brigade moved toward Chickahominy River, and
halted near Sumner's Bridge ; erected earth-works.
June 13.—It crossed the Chickahominy at Long Bridge, and halted
for the day on the south side of the river ; at night-fall it again
Report of Maj. John D. Lentz, Ninety-first Pennsylvania Infantry.
HDQRS. NINETY;FIRST REGT. PENNSYLVANIA VOLS.,
In the Trenches, near Petersburg, Va., August 9, 1864.
CAPTAIN : In compliance with directions of Special Orders, No.
209, headquarters Army of the Potomac, I have the honor to submit
the following report of the part taken by this command in the sev-
eral operations of the campaign from the crossing of the Rapidan,
May 4, to the assault on the enemy's works in front of Petersburg,
July 30, 1864:
The regiment, with First Brigade, First Division, Brig. Gen. R. B.
Ayres commanding, took up the line of march 8.30 a. m. May 4,
crossed the Rapidan at Germanna Ford, moved in the direction of
the plank road toward Mine Run, halted 1.30 p. m., established a
picket-line. 12 m. 5th formed line with brigade ; advanced on
the enemy ; were repulsed. On the 6th the regiment moved to
the left of the plank road toward the front ; relieved a division of
reserves. Left the works 1 a. m. 7th for the rear, and halted within
the lines ; relieved the Fifteenth Artillery 8 a. m. ; moved 11 p. m.
on the plank road, .passing the cavalry at Todd's Corner, making a
forced march all night, reaching Laurel Hill. Charged the enemy
at 10 a. m. 8th ; the brigade was repulsed, leaving this command
holding its position. A new line was formed under the command of
Colonel Hofmann, Fifty-sixth Regiment Pennsylvania Veteran Vol-
unteers, Second Brigade, Fourth Division. This regiment, joining
in the second charge, reached the burnt house, and held the ground ;
ordered to retire about 200 yards and build breast-works ; bivouacked
for the night. Remained quiet during the 9th ; in the afternoon
sent pickets to the front, holding the burnt house. Sharp firing on
the line during the night and occasional cannonading during the day
following. Nothing of interest occurred until 12th ; a charge was
made about 8 a. m., and, owing to some confusion in the Ninth
Massachusetts Volunteers, was unsuccessful. Received orders to
fall back by an aide from General Ayres.
At 3 p. m. 12th took up the line, and marching slowly through rain
and mud halted ; formed line to support Sixth Corps ; bivouacked
for the night. Moved at daylight 13th, built breast-works ; 10 p. m.
moved again, reaching Spotsylvania at daylight 14th. 8 a. m. the One