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abandon them. On the right our lines appeared to be within 50
yards of those of the enemy. I lost many good men when pushing
forward. Some of my skirmishers on the left nearly covered the
front of Bartlett's brigade. At 2 p. m. Burnside made a vigorous
attack upon the enemy s left, which continued until 3.30 p, m. At
3.20 p. m. the enemy got a rifle battery at work to enfilade Burn-
side's lines over the head of Bartlett's and Sweitzer's brigades. This
annoyed my men some. At 6 p. m. Burnside attacked again and
we received another shelling. 7 p. m. all quiet. The brigade lost
196 men killed and wounded. I lost 1 officer and 22 men, just 20
per cent. 9 p. m. returned to breast-works occupied by us in the
June 4.-8 a. m. reports came that the enemy had left, and I was
ordered on a reconnaissance upen the old road to Shady Grove
Church (our fighting of yesterday had been near Bethesda Church).
I had the Sixty-second Pennsylvania and part of the Twenty-first
Pennsylvania, besides the Twenty-second Massachusetts. 9 a. m.,
after advancing a short distance, received an order suspending the
movement. 12.14 returned with my command to the breast-works.
June 5.—Quiet all the morning. At 3 p. m. Colonel Sweitzer
started on a reconnaissance up the Shady Grove Church road. The
Twenty-second Massachusetts took the lead, supported by the Sixty-
second Pennsylvania, all under my command, the rest of the brigade
in support. The right wing of the Twenty-second Massachusetts
was placed under command of Lieutenant-Colonel Sherwin, of whose
valuable service we had previously been deprived by an accident ;
the left under charge of Major Burt. We met and drove the rebels
in two places, but finally coming upon them in force, supported by
artillery, we desisted, the object of the reconnaissance being accom-
plished. At dark marched toward Cold Harbor.
June 6.—Lay In camp, where we arrived at 8 a. m., having been
on the road from Bethesda Church to Cold Harbor all night.
June 7.—At 4 a. m. marched toward the Chickahominy 5 miles,
and halted near Sumner's (lower) Bridge. Here we went into line,
erected defensive works, and remained until June 12.*
WM. S. TILTON,
Colonel Twenty-second Massachusetts Infantry.
ASST. ADJT. GEN., SECOND BRIG., FIRST DIV., FIFTH CORPS.
Report of Maj. Mason W. Burt, Twenty-second Massachusetts In-
HDQRS. TWENTY-SECOND MASSACHUSETTS REGIMENT,
Near City Point, Va., August 13, 1864.
SIR : In compliance with instructions from headquarters Army of
the Potomac (see Special Orders, No. 209, current series), I have
the honor to transmit the following report of the part taken by this
regiment in the recent campaign in Virginia : -
In compliance with orders from headquarters Second Brigade,
First Division, Fifth Corps, at 11 p. in., on the 3d of May, broke
* For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I.