CHAP. XLVM.1 RAPIDAN TO THE JAMES. 665
June 4 to 12.—The regiment was engaged in the trenches ; con-
stant skirmishing going on all the time.
June 12.—Part of the regiment on the first line, which was left to
cover the movements of the main army in its passage to the James
Captain, Fourth New Jersey Infty., Comdg.
Capt. CHARLES R. PAUL,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
No. 151. 411
Report of Brig. Gen. Emory Upton, U. S. Army, commanding Sec-
HDQRS. SECOND BRIGADE, FIRST DIV., SIXTH CORPS,
September 1, 1864.
MAJOR : I have the honor to submit the following report of the
operations of the Second Brigade during the five epochs of the cam-
paign of the Army of the Potomac, from the Rapidan to Petersburg:
The brigade broke camp near the Hazel River at 4 a. m. May 4,
1864, crossing the Rapidan at Germanna Ford, and camped on the
plank road 2 miles beyond.
May 5, the march was resumed along the plank road toward
Wilderness Tavern. The brigade was thrown out on a dirt road
leading to Mine Run, to cover the right flank of the column while
passing. Shortly after it moved by the left flank and formed in
line on the left of the corps. About 11 a. ni. orders were received to
advance to the support of the Fifth Corps, then engaged with the
enemy on the Orange Court-House pike 2 miles from Wilderness
Tavern. The advance was made by the right of wings, it being im-
possible to march in line of battle on account of the dense pine and
nearly impenetrable thickets which met us on every hand. After
overcoming great difficulties on the march, connection was made
with the right of, the Fifth Corps. Lieutenant-Colonel Carroll, com-
manding Ninety-fifth Pennsylvania Volunteers, while riding a short
distance in front of his regiment, came suddenly upon a group of the
enemy, who fired upon him, killing him instantly. Two or three
companies of his regiment, under eaptains Boyd, Byrnes, and Lieu-
tenant Gordon, immediately charged, gallantly carrying the hill on
which the enemy was posted, and capturing about 30 prisoners.
The position, although 200 yards in advance of the Fifth Corps line,
was important to hold, and the line Was accordingly established there.
Shortly after the Third Brigade connected on our right. The woods
in front and around our position had been set on fire by the enemy
to prevent our advance. The ground had previously been fought
over and was strewn with wounded of both sides, many of whom
must have perished in the flames, as corpses were found partly con-
* For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I.