CHAP. XLVIn.1 RAPIDAN TO THE JAMES. 587
ered advancing down the Fredericksburg and Orange Court-House
pike in force. About 2 p. m. the regiment went into action on the
right of Fredericksburg and Orange Court-House pike, and about
three-fourths of a mile in front of the ground occupied during the
night previous. After about one-half hour's hard fighting we were,
relieved, and fell back about half a mile and took position behind
breast-works. Our loss in this engagement was 1 officer (Capt. S. F.
Johnson) killed and 3 slightly wounded, and 11 enlisted men killed
and 47 wounded. At 4 a. m., May 6, the regiment was placed in
position in the front line on the right of the Fredericksburg and
Orange Court-House pike, a few rods to the front of the ground occu-
pied during the battle of the day previous. We remained here until
dark, when, in accordance with orders from General Bartlett, com-
manding brigade, we fell back to the breast-works occupied the
night before. Our loss in this day's operations was 1 enlisted man
killed and 5 wounded.
Saturday, May 7, at 8 p. m. we took up the line of march for
Spotsylvama Court-House. At 9 a. m. May 8 line of battle was
formed near Laurel Hill, and we advanced under a heavy musketry
fire, halting at the crest of the hill, and opened fire within 20 yards
of the enemy's line. We maintained our position for about three-
quarters of an hour. The enemy succeeded in forcing back the
troops on our left, which caused us to fall back. Our loss during
this engagement was Lieut. Col. F. Conner, Maj. E. B. Knox, Capt.
J. Fox, and Lieut. T. Hoes, wounded ; Capt. B. R. Wood, jr.,
acting adjutant ; Lieut. 0. L. Munger, and Lieut. E. Bennett,
prisoners ; 11 enlisted men killed, 44 wounded, and 36 prisoners, 20
of whom, together with the 3 officers captured, were recaptured by
Sheridan's cavalry the following day and rejoined the regiment
May 26. Both field officers being wounded the command of the
regiment devolved upon Capt. E. A. Nash.
May 9, remained all day on the right of the Pine Grove road
and about one-half mile to the rear of the ground occupied during
the battle of the day previous. At 12 m. on the 10th moved up to
the front for the purpose of participating in a charge on the enemy's
works. The order to charge being countermanded, the regiment
returned to its old position.
May 11, at 8 p. m. we relieved the Sixteenth Michigan on picket.
Were relieved May 12, at 3 a. m., and moved to the right about 1,1
miles and took position behind works vacated by a portion of the
Second. Corps. At 5 p. m. marched to the left about 3 miles and
went into bivouac in rear of the Second Corps. On the 13th, at
2 a. m., returned to our old position near Pine Grove road, went
into bivouac, and threw up breast-works. At 10 p. m. moved
again to the left about 7 miles and went into bivouac. On the 17th,
at 8 p. m., moved about 1 mile to the front and constructed breast-
works. On the 18th Capt. C. Allen returned fr9m recruiting
service and assumed command of the regiment.
May 21, at 1 p. m. took up the line of march to the left, pass-
ing Gurney's Station, through Stanard's Swamp, and bivouacked at
11 p. m. On the 22d, at 6 a. m., marched to the left about 12 miles,
skirmished all day with Longstreet's rear guard, and went on picket