CHAP. XLVIII.] R APIDAN TO' THE JAMES. 607
Report of Capt. Joseph B. Pattee, Tenth Pennsylvania Reserves,
Ch,ief of Pioneers, of operations May 21-22.
HDQRS. PENNSYLVANIA RESERVE VOLUNTEER CORPS,
May 22, 1864.
COLONEL : I have the honor to submit the following report of a
reconnaissance made on the night of the 21st May, 1864:
In compliance with orders from your headquarters, I proceeded
with detail of 125 men on the Mud Tavern road, with instructions to
take and hold the Gatewood house and the road running to the burnt
bridge, and to push the enemy as far toward the Mud Tavern as
possible. I started at 11 p. m., with skirmishers in front, the wings
of the line thrown back, covering my flanks. Encountered the
enemy's vedettes at the Gatewood and in the field opposite,
near the burnt bridge road ; drove him one-half mile, when we came
to a strong barricade in the road, where the enemy made consider-
able resistance. Here I threw out a line of pickets across the road,
with each flank resting at a house, pushed the enemy nearly one-half
mile farther, but finding him in considerable force and attempting to
turn my left, I withdrew my line to a strong position, holding the
Gatewood house and the burnt bridge road. Sent a party down this
road to the river, distant little more than a mile, and found no
enemy. The enemy attacked our line during the night, but retired.
I held this position until relieved early in the morning by Colonel
Bates' brigade, of your division.
I am, sir, yours, very respectfully,
J. B. PATTEE,
Capt., Chief of Pioneers, Third Division, Fifth Corps.
Lieut. Col. R. A. McCoy,
Actg. Asst. Adjt. Gen., Third Division, Fifth Corps.
Report of Lieut. Col. Michael Wiedrich, Fifteenth New York Heavy
Artillery, Independent Brigade (late First Brigade, Artillery Re-
HDQRS. FIFTEENTH REGT. NEW YORK ARTILLERY,
August 9, 1864.
Crossing of the Rapidan and the battle of the Wilderness.
The regiment, after leaving Brandy Station, Va., on the 3d day
of May, crossed the Rapidan by Ely's Ford in the afternoon of the
4th, forming with the Sixth Regiment New York
gade, commanded by Col. J. H. Kitching. his brigade was or-
rk Artillery one bri-
dered to protect the Reserve Artillery of the rmy of the Potomac.
Col. L. Schirmer commanded the regiment, which left Brandy Sta-
tion with 49 officers, 1,525 men present for duty (12 officers, 484
men being absent), making an aggregate of 2,070, certainly one of