CHAP. XLVIII.1 RAPIDAN TO TIIE JAMES. 713
May 13, the regiment moved farther to the left and threw up
works near the Ny River. Remaining here during this day and the
14th, 15th, 16th,*and 17th, until evening. In the evening of the 17th
the regiment moved to the right a distance of about 5 or 6 miles,
and an attack was then made upon the enemy's position next morn-
ing, May 18. This regiment was not in the front line and suffered
no loss on this day. In the afternoon returned again to the left,
crossing the Ny River, late in the afternoon, where we took position
and remained until morning.
May 19, moved forward about 1 mile, coming upon the enemy's
works, where we intrenched and remained until about noon of the
May 20, leaving pickets in front of this line, the lines were
moved to the rear three-quarters of a nI le, where a strong line of
works were partially completed and finally abandoned early in the
evening, the army moving around the enemy's flank in the direction
of Bowling Green, Milford, and Hanover Junction.
The regiment was detailed for picket on the 22d, and on the morn-
ing of the 23d moved on in the rear of the corps (except one brigade,
forming the rear guard). Reached a point near Bowling Green
about noon, where rations were issued, and then moved to the
vicinity of Jericho Ford, on the North !Anna, arriving there about
May 24, crossed the North Anna at Jericho Ford and advanced
1 mile toward Noel's Station, where we remained until the morning
of the 25th.
The foregoing report of the recent operations in the field in which
this regiment has performed a part is of necessity very imperfect,
owing in part to the extent of the campaign, and in part to the ab-
sence of the commanding officer during a considerable part of the
time covered by the report.
Capt. A. BROWN, Jr.,
Actg. Asst. Adjt. Gen., Second Brigade.
?ª No. 16t
Report of Capt. Eugene A. Hamilton, Fifth Vermont Infantry, of
operations May 4-7.
HEADQUARTERS FIFTH VERMONT VOLUNTEERS,
June 28, 1864.
SIR : I have the honor to submit the following report of the part
sustained by this regiment in the present campaign. Yet, permit
me, sir, in this place, to remark that, at the commencement of this
campaign, I. was the sixth in rank of the line, and, therefore, did not
apprehend that I could be placed in a position where I would be called
upon to render a report of this kind. For this reason I have not that
data from which to write that a field officer commanding a regiment
At an early hour of the morning of the 4th of May we left our win-
ter quarters near Brandy Station, and began the first day's march of
S. M. PINGREE,