Our. XLVIII.j RAPIDAN TO THE JAMES. 595
May 5 to 7.—Took part in the battle of the Wilderness. At night
marched to beyond Todd's Tavern ; charged the enemy, who held
our cavalry in check, and drove him 2 miles.
May 8.—Assaulted the enemy's works at Laurel Hill, in connec-
tion with the rest of the division, and were repulsed.
May 9.—Brigade was sent to the right of Third Division.
May 10.—In the battle of this day relieved General Rice's brigade
about 12 in.; made an assault at nightfall, and were repulsed.
May 11.—Brigade assigned to Brigadier-General Cutler, Fourth
May 12.—Moved up to the same position the brigade held on the
10th. In the afternoon moved to the left, and reported to General
Ricketts, Sixth Corps.
May 13.—Marched all night ; crossed the Ny, and took up posi-
tion on the Fredericksburg road, about- 1i miles from Spotsylvania
May 21.—Marched at 12 m.; crossed the Po at Guiney's Bridge,
and bivouacked near Chandler's house.
May 22.—Marched to Bull's Church.
May 23.—Crossed the North Anna River at Jericho Mills, and
participated in the engagement there.
May 25.—Moved to the left about 2 miles, and threw up breast-
May 26.—Left works at 9 p. in.; recrossed the river and marched
to Mount Carmel Church.
May 27.—Marched beyond Dorrill's Creek.
May 28.—Crossed the Pamunkey at Hanovertown, and took posi-
tion on the ground a mile west from the river.
May 29.—Moved across Totopotomoy Creek, and intrenched at
the fork of the roads near Lowry's house.
May 30.—Recrossed the Totopotomoy and intrenched near the
Bethesda Church. From the commencement of operations until the
end of the month this brigade intrenched sixteen times.
Report of Col. Richard Coulter, Eleventh Pennsylvania Infantry,
commanding Second Brigade, of operations May 3-9.
HDQRS. SECOND BRIG., SECOND Div. 5TH ARMY CORPS,
In Field near Spotsylvania Court-House, Va., May 17, 1864.
SIR : I submit the following report of operations of brigade from
3d instant, date of leaving Culpeper, Va., until evening of 9th in-
stant, when brigade was temporarily transferred to Third Division :
Midnight 3d instant, brigade (excepting Eighty-eighth Pennsylva-
nia, which had previously been detailed as wagon guard) marched,
crossing Rapidan at Germanna Ford, and encamped about 5 miles
from ford at 5 p. m. next day.
About 11 a. m., 5th instant, enemy were engaged on Fredericks-
burg and Orange turnpike, near Lacy's house, by parts of the First
and Fourth Divisions. At 1 p. m. brigade ordered to support those
engaged who had been compelled to retire to earth-works on road.
After assisting to extend and strengthen earth-works were with-
drawn, and, subsequently, 6 p. m., with Fourth Division, were
Qved to the left to support of General IlaneoeWs right. After