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remained all day, receiving quite a severe musketry fire from the
enemy, companies. D, H, and sharpshooters keeping the enemy's
gunners from two of his guns during the whole day. At night
moved into the second line and remained until the afternoon of
June 5 ; then made a reconnaissance about three-fourths of a mile
out on the Shady Grove Church road, and drove the enemy's skir-
mishers back to his line of battle, after which returned to our posi
tion at Bethesda Church. In the evening marched to near New
Cold Harbor, and remained until June 7 ; then marched to near
Bottom's Bridge, on the Chickahominy, and remained until the
evening of June 12.
In the above battles took 8 prisoners and lost as follows : May 30,
officers wounded, 1 ; enlisted men killed, 4 ; wounded, 13. June 2,
enlisted men wounded, 1. June 3, 1 commissioned officer killed ;
enlisted men killed, 6 ; wounded; 15. June 5, enlisted men killed,
1 ; wounded, 4. Tothl killed, wounded, and missing, officers, 2 ;
enlisted men, 44. *
Capt. J. D. MCFARLAND,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Second Brigade.
Report of Maj. James A. Cunningham, Thirty-second Massachu-
HDQRS. THIRTY-SECOND MASSACHUSETTS VOLS.,
August 11, 1864.
CAPTAIN : In compliance with Special Orders, No. 209, Army of
the Potomac, I have the honor to forward the following history of
the Thirty-second Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry :
May 3.—At 10.30 p. m. the bugle roused the regiment from its
expected night's rest near Culpeper, Va., and soon after it was lead-
inc, the brigade on the march to the Rapidan.
t'May 4.—Reached Germanna Ford and crossed at 8 a. m. ; halted
for breakfast an hour on the opposite bank ; marched through a part
of the Wilderness until 4 p. m., and encamped near Wilderness
May 5.—Early this a. m. the regiment formed in line of battle
near its camp of last night, in a pine woods, and immediately built
breast-works. Its position was on the right of the brigade. At noon
it went out 1 mile beyond the works to meet the advancing enemy.
Line of battle was formed in the woods and orders were given to
the colonel to govern his movements by the regiments on the left.
Obeying this order the regiment advanced to the edge of an open
field and lay down, being protected from the enemy's fire by a slight
*For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I.
MASON W. BURT,