CHAP. XLITIII.1 RAPIDAN TO THE JAMES. 631
On the morning of May 28 marched to and across the Pamunkey
River, formed line of battle, put up works, and bivouacked. May
29, marched 3 miles toward Mechanicsville ; halted and bivouacked.
May 30, marched to near Bethesda Church, occupied works, and biv-
ouacked. On the morning of May 31 went out as skirmishers and
staid till dark, when was relieved and went back to breast-works, and
bivouacked. On the morning of June 1 advanced one-half mile, put
up breast-works, and staid till evening, then moved 1 mile to the
right, staid till midnight, when moved q miles to the left, put up
works, and camped in line. June 3, were moved to left and held in
reserve. On the morning of June 4 moved into front line of works,
and staid there until night of June 5, when marched to Gaines' Hill
and bivouacked. June 7, marched to near Bottom's Bridge, went
out as skirmishers, and were relieved on June 8, when went to rear
and bivouacked, and staid till night of June 12. *
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JOHN E. COOK,
Lieutenant -Colonel, Commanding.
Capt. F. H. COWDREY,
Report of Maj. Robert W. Bard, Ninety-fifth New York Infantry.
HDQRS. NINETY-FIFTH REGT. NEW YORK VOLS.,
In front of Petersburg, Va., August —, 1864.
I have the honor to report to you the part taken by this regiment
in the several operations of the campaign, from the crossing of the
Rapidan to. the assault on the enemy's position in front of Peters-
burg, July 30, 1864; called for by Special Orders, No. 209, Army of
the Potomac, dated August 5, 1864.
May 4.—Crossed the Rapidan at Germanna Ford ; bivouacked at
3 p. m. for the night.
May 5.—Resumed march at 7 a. m. ; engaged the enemy at 12 m.
Companies A, E, I deployed as skirmishers ; Company E captured
entire and part of Companies A and I.
May 6.—Engaged the enemy from 6 a. m. until 3 p. m. and
charged their position ; at 4 p. m. relieved by Second Division of
May 7.—Rejoined our division near Stevens' house at 5 a. m. ;
marched from Stevens' house to Todd's Tavern.
May 8.—Charged the enemy's position ?ª fell back on account of
ammunition being expended-and joined the corps.
May 9.—Detail from every company for skirmishers, and they en-
gaged the enemy all day.
*For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I.