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Swan, occupied the ground first taken until dark, when it fell back
under cover of works erected by the Ninth Corps.
On the 31st the regiment was detailed for picket in front of the
division and about 1i miles in advance, remaining until the morn-
ing of the 1st of June, when orders were received to advance as
skirmishers. Advanced about three-fourths of a mile, driving the
enemy's skirmishers from their rifie-pitg and taking possession of
them. This brought the regiment within rifle range of the enemy's
main works and an annoying fire of musketry was kept up all day,
the enemy making an attempt, assisted by .artillery, to force us from
the position. In the evening, after thirty-six hours of picket and skir-
mish duty, were relieved, and retired to rear of brigade. At dark,
the enemy having succeeded in driving the skirmish line and were
advancing, the regiment was ordered to support part of the brigade
line ; continued doing this duty till the afternoon of the 2d, and
then fell back to the vicinity of Bethesda Church, the enemy mak-
ing great efforts to harass our movements ; being close pressed, this
regiment and the rest of the brigade occupied a line of breast-works,
which they found constructed, and opened a fire upon the enemy,
which completely repulsed them.
On the 3d a skirmish party sent out from this regiment drove the
enemy's skirmish line back. Captured some prisoners, and occupied
the rise of ground from which the enemy had been driven. Remained
in this position with occasional skirmishing until the night of the
5th, and then moved to near Cold Harbor. After going into bivouac
the regiment was sent on picket duty and remained till evening, be-
ing relieved by the Eighty-third Pennsylvania.
On the morning of the 6th moved to near Dispatch Station, on the
Chickahominy, crossing that river at Long Bridge, remaining there
doing duty until the night of the 12th.*
G. W. FULLER,
Lieut. L. C. 13ARTLETT,
Acting ..d.2c,*stant Adjutant-General.
Report of Maj. Edward B. Knox, Forty-fourth New York Infantry.
HDQRS. FORTY-FOURTH NEW YORK STATE VOLS.,
Near Petersburg, Va., August 6, 1864.
LIEUTENANT : In obedience to Special Orders, No. 209, headquar-
ters Army of the Potomac, I have the honor to submit the following
report of the part taken by the Forty-fourth Regiment New York
State Volunteers in the several operations of the campaign, prom
the crossing of the Rapidan to the assault on the enemy's position
in front of Petersburg, July 30, 1864 :
On the morning of May 4, 1864, this regiment crossed the Rapidan
at Germanna Ford, and marched to a point on the Fredericksburg
and Orange Court-House pike, about 1 mile from Wilderness Tav-
ern, and there encamped for the night. At 6 a. m. the following
morning orders were given to march, when the enemy was discov-
* For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I.