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made by the enemy, it held its position with bayonets until re-en-
forcements arrived, consisting of the First Michigan Volunteers, and
afterward of the Third Delaware Volunteers. The rapidly con-
structed breast-works of rails so effectively covered the men that
the casualties were only 6 enlisted men killed and 9 wounded.
June 2.—Commenced at 4 o'clock in the afternoon to withdraw,
and while executing the movement the enemy made an attack, but
did not succeed in thwarting it. Two men of the regiment were
June 3.—While advancing the line in order to straighten it, a very
heavy fire was received from the enemy's artillery. Capt. Charles
F. Pray was killed, and by the same missile 3 enlisted men were
killed and ' 2 wounded. The other casualties of the day were 2 men
killed and 5 wounded.
June 4.—The enemy had retired in the immediate front, but the
regiment remained quiet during the day, and until the evening of the
5th, when it withdrew, and on the morning of the 6th bivouacked
in rear of the Second Corps, near Cold Harbor.
June 7.—The division marched 3.30 a. m. to Sumner's Bridge, on
the Chickahominy, the Eighteenth Regiment having the advance of
the column. Upon approaching the river it was found that the
enemy's pickets were on the left bank of the river, and the regiment
was ordered to drive them across the river and secure the bridge-
head, which was promptly done by Captain Bent, with a skirmish
line of 50 men. A short picket-line was established along the river
bank, and the remainder of the regiment was placed in reserve. Dur-
ing the day the enemy used artillery upon the troops, though with
but little effect. Two men were mortally wounded while advancing
to the river, and 1 officer afterward wounded by a piece of shell.
June 8.—The regiment was relieved from picket duty, and pitched
its camp about half a mile from the river, where it remained till
the evening of June 12, when it marched to Jones' Bridge and biv-
B. F. MESERVEY,
Captain, Eighteenth Massachusetts Volunteers.
Lieut. L. C. BARTLETT,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
Report of Lieut. Col. William A. Throop, First Michigan Infantry.
HDQRS. FIRST MICHIGAN VETERAN INFANTRY,
Before Petersburg, Va., August 8, 1864.
LIEUTENANT : In compliance with Army of the Potomac Special
Orders, No. 209, I have the honor to submit the following report :
My regiment crossed the Rapidan River at Germanna Ford on the
morning of the 4th day of May, with 14 officers and 176 muskets.
About 8 o'clock, after a rest of about two hours for breakfast, we
*For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I. ?ª