614 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CHAP. XLVIII.
prisoners. On the evening of the 5th the command retired from the
position and moved to the vicinity of Cold Harbor. While on the
march an order was placed in my hands organizing the corps and
transferring my Third Brigade to General Griffin, leaving me but a
meager command. Resting until the 7th I moved in obedience to
orders to the railroad bridge across the Chickahominy, took posses-
sion of the bridge, and picketed the river from near Bottom's Bridge
to connect with General Griffin near Sumner's (lower) Bridge. We
remained in this position until the 12th, when we moved to Long
Bridge, and crossed early on the morning of the 13th. This closes
what is called the fourth epoch. During this time one regiment
(the Fourteenth Brooklyn) left, their term of service having expired.
Colonel Lyle returned to the Second Division, which was partially
reorganized, and one of my original brigades, the Third, was trans-
ferred to General Griffin. *
I have the honor to be, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient
Lieut. Col. F. T. LOCKE,
Report of Capt. Frank H. Cowdrey, Assistant Adjutant-General,
U. S. Army, of operations of Fourth Division, May 5-6.
HDQRS. SECOND BRIG., THIRD DIV., FIFTH CORPS,
November 3, 1864.
COLONEL : I have the honor to submit the following report of
the operations of General Wadsworth's division in the engagements
of May 5 and 6 last :
The division moved from its bivouac at Wilderness Tavern at 4
a. m. on the morning of May 5, taking the road to Parker's Store,
Rice's brigade leading, Colonel Stone's next, and Cutler's in rear.
The division was accompanied by two batteries. General Crawford's
division was about a mile in advance, on the same road. Flankers
were thrown out on the right, and as we advanced a few were put
on the left. We could hear Crawford skirmishing ahead of us,
and occasionally a shot from our own flankers. About 8 o'clock
General Warren rode up and said to General Wadsworth "he
wanted to find out what was in there," and ordered' him to advance
into the woods on his right. At this time the leading brigade
(Rice's) had massed in an open field about a mile beyond the Lacy
house, and also the batteries. The line was formed in the woods be-
yond the field in the same order that they marched, the batteries cov-
ering the road toward Parker's Store, and also our rear. We advanced
with great difficulty through the tangled underbrush for about half
a mile, when we became heavily engaged with the enemy, the firing
commencing on the right. The action continued for an hour or so,
when, the enemy having turned both flanks and throwing several
regiments into confusion, we were compelled to retire, having suf-
* For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I.