622 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. XLVIII.
the open field and formed near Captain Mink's battery, where I con-
tinued firing upon the enemy so long as they remained in our front.
Here Captain Orr, with a portion of the Nineteenth Indiana, and
Captain Shipman, with the battalion of sharpshooters, reported for
duty to me, and joining on my right performed gallant service so
long as the necessity existed. Being separated from the brigade, I
was directed by General Cutler, commanding division, to report to
Colonel Hofmann,' commanding Second Brigade, with my command.
After dark the line was advanced several hundred yards and in-
trenched, my men working during almost the entire night upon the
Throughout this affair the conduct of officers and men, with small
exception, was admirable. Lieut. John Beely was twice wounded.
Tlin gallantry of Lieutenant Beely throughout the campain was
conspicuous, but upon this occasion I esteem his conduct in remain-
ing upon the field after being seriously wounded until struck down
by a second bullet, which penetrated his lungs, worthy of especial
commendation. Corpl. William Hickok, of Company C, was killed.
No braver soldier nor more worthy young man has given life in
this struggle. On the 25th of May moved down the river 2 miles,
and went into position in front of the enemy's works, where heavy
skirmishing took place, in which my regiment took no active part.
The casualties during these operations were 2 killed, 11 wounded.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
R. R. DAWES,
Lieut. Col., Comdg. Sixth, Wisconsin Veteran Vols.
Capt. J. D. WOOD,
Report of Col. J. William Hofmann, Fifty-sixth Pennsylvania In-
fantry, commanding Second Brigade.
HDQRS. SECOND BRIG., FOURTH DIV., FIFTH CORPS,
In Front of Petersburg, August 10, 1864.
CAPTAIN : I have the honor to submit herewith the report of the
operations of this brigade since the 3d day of May last.
At 1 a. m. on the 4th of May the brigade broke camp at Culpeper
and moved on the Rapidan River. The brigade consisted of the
Fourteenth Brooklyn, Colonel Fowler ; Fifty-sixth Pennsylvania
Veteran Volunteers, Colonel Hofmann ; Seventy-sixth New York
Volunteers, Lieutenant-Colonel Cook ; Ninety-fifth New York Vol-
unteers, Colonel Pye, and One hundred and forty-seventh New
York Volunteers, Colonel Miller. The Fourteenth Brooklyn was
detailed for duty at corps headquarters. The brigade had an aggre-
gate present on that day of a little over 2,000 and was under
the command of Brig. Gen. J. C. Rice. The brigade crossed the
Rapidan River over a pontoon bridge laid at Germanna Ford, at 12
m. on the 4th, and bivouacked near the Wilderness Tavern, Orange