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part taken by the One hundred and eighty-seventh Regiment of
Pennsylvania Volunteers in the recent operations of this campaign :
On Sunday, June 5, 1864, the regiment reported to Major-General
Warren, who assigned it to the First Brigade, First Division, Fifth
Army Corps, then stationed near Cold Harbor. The night of the
same day received marching orders, and on or about the 7th day of
June encamped near the Chickahominy. The regiment suffered no
loss up to this time except through sickness.*
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. F. RAMSEY,
Capt. J. E. PARSONS,
Report of Col. William S. Tilton, Twenty-second Massachusetts In-
fantry, Second Brigade.
HDQRS. FIRST BRIG., FIRST DIV., FIFTH CORPS,
August 8, 1864.
CAPTAIN : In compliance with orders, I have the honor to report
the part taken by my regiment (Twenty-second Massachusetts In-
fantry) in this campaign, embracing the period from May 4 until
I relinquished its command and assumed that of this brigade, viz,
June 18, 1864.
May 4, 1864.—Crossed the Rapidan at Germanna Ford at 8 a. m.
and marched to Wilderness Church, where we bivouacked.
May 5.—At 8 a. m. report came of the approach of the enemy
from Orange Corirt-House. We went into line of battle and formed
a breast-work of logs, our brigade at an oblique angle to the left
with Bartlett's, whose right rested upon the road. At 12.15 p. m.
skirmishing began with the enemy on General Bartlett's front. We
had moved to the right in two lines, our right now resting upon the
turnpike (from Orange Court-House to Fredericksburg) in support
of Bartlett. Afterward my regiment was changed to the other
(right) side of the road, with the Thirty-second Massachusetts on my
right, both regiments being placed under my .command by Colonel
Sweitzer, the commander of the Second Brigade, First Division,
Fifth Corps. We moved toward the enemy in this line to relieve
Bartlett's brigade until the left of the brigade was out of the timber
on their side of the road, but I remained partially concealed by
bushes. I posted the Twenty-second nearly parallel with the road,
and the Thirty-second Massachusetts on the right, refused. Here
we engaged the enemy, who came out of a wood on the opposite side
of a clearing in our front. We there remained under a rather severe
* For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I.