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of so great a loss of Vermont's noble sons, but it is with a certain
pride that I assure you there are no dishonorable graves. The
brigade has met the enemy in his strongholds, attacked him under
murderous fire, and in the very face of death has repulsed with great
slaughter repeated and vigorous attacks upon our lines, and on no
occasion has it disgracefully turned its back to the foe. The flag
of each regiment, though pierced and tattered, still flaunts in the
face of the foe, and noble bands of veterans with thinned ranks, and
but few officers to command, still stand by them ; and they seem
determined to stand so long as there is a man to bear their flag aloft
or an enemy in the field.
I will forward you a list of subsequent casualties, and a full ac-
count of each day's engagement as soon as possible. This is the
seventh day of fighting and the end is not yet.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
L. A. GRANT,
PETER T. WASHBURN,
Adjutant and Inspector General.
HEADQUARTERS FIRST VERMONT BRIGADE,
August 27, 1864.
SIR : I have the honor to report that this brigade crossed the
Rapidan May 4, 1864, and encamped 2 miles south of Germanna
Ford. On the morning of May 5 we marched to Old Wilderness
Tavern and halted several hours. Soon after noon this brigade and
two others (the First and Fourth) of this division, Brigadier-General
Getty commanding, were detached from the Sixth Corps and ordered
forward across the old pike and along the Brock road to where
it crosses the plank road leading from Chancellorsville to Orange
Court-House. Upon arriving at the cross-roads, the First Brigade
became engaged with the enemy's advance, which was coming down
the plank road, driving before it a force of our cavalry. The point
having been gained, this brigade passed the First Brigade and took
position in two lines on the left of the plank road. Capt. C. J.
Ormsbee, Fifth Vermont Volunteers, with Companies D and K, of
that regiment, held the skirmish line. The Fourth Vermont, Col.
George P. Foster, and the Third Vermont, Col. T. 0. Seaver,
constituted the first line. The Second Vermont, Col. Newton
Stone ; the Sixth Vermont, Col. E. L. Barney, and the Fifth
Vermont, Lieut. Col. J. R. Lewis, constituted the second line. A
section of artillery occupied the road, and the other two brigades
took position on the right. As soon as this brigade took position,
the regiments commenced throwing up rude defensive works, which
subsequently .proved of great value. The Second Corps, Major-Gen-
eral Hancock commanding, was moving up from the left. But a
few regiments only had got into position ?ª, an order came for us to
make an immediate attack. The skirmish line and two lines of bat-
tle were simultaneously ordered forward. All advanced promptly
to the attack, except the left of the skirmish line, which, for some
unknown cause, failed to advance with the rest. It was doubtless
owing to the want of a prompt communication of the order along
the skirmish line. Captain Ormsbee was at the time attending to his