716 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [Com,. XLVIII.
They were at every point firmly met and stoutly repulsed. The
engagement lasted for more than seven hours, and resembled a
hand-to-hand fight rather ihan a modern battle with long-range
weapons. The men clubbed their muskets, and repelled repeated
advances by mere physical force. Our loss was severe, but we held
our ground. On the 13th there were indications that the enemy
had withdrawn from our immediate front. On the 14th we moved
to the extreme left, taking a position to the left and rear of the
Anderson house, and not far from the River ?ª Ny. On the '17th we
returned to the right. There was some skirmishing, and the ene-
my's cannonade was severe, but this command suffered no loss. On
the morning of the 18th we returned to the Anderson estate, and,
crossing the Ny, threw up breast-works and held a position to the
left and rear of Spotsylvania Court-House. On the 19th we moved
to the right and front, and relieved the First Division. On the
20th our division moved to the left, following the First Division,
and our campaign before Spotsylvania, was completed.
With this brief statement, I have the honor to forward a tabular
list of casualties. *
I remain, captain, your obedient servant,
F. H. BARNEY,
Captain, Commanding Regiment.
Capt. A. BROWN, Jr.,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
Report of Lieut. Col. Oscar A. Hale. Sixth Vermont Infantry,, of
operations May 5-6.
CAMP IN THE FIELD, VIRGINIA,
June 28, 1864.
SIR : I have the honor to make the following report of the part
taken by the Sixth Vermont Regiment in the battles of the Wilder-
ness, May 5 :
On the 5th of May we were ordered to take a position in the sec-
ond line of battle and on the left of the plank road. About noon
we were ordered to charge the enemy. In this advance Col. E. L.
Barney, Adjt. S. H. Lincoln, Capt. C. W. Dwinell, Company C, First
Lieut. E. A. Holton, Company I, were wounded ; Qapt. Georc,e C.
Randall, Company F, Capt. Riley A. Bird, Company A, and First
Lieut. Albert A. Crane, Company A, were killed. On the following
day a general advanee was ordered. The line of battle in which the
Sixth Regiment was placed, advanced upon the enemy in the morn-
ing. After engaging the enemy for about an hour, and having ex-
hausted all our ammunition, we were ordered to the next line in rear.
In these battles all officers and men fought bravely.
Total loss the 5th and 6th of May : Officers, killed, 3; wounded, 4.
Enlisted men, killed, 31; wounded, 151; missing, 7.
I have the honor to be, sir, your most obedient servant,
0. A. HALE,
- Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding Regiment.
Capt. A. BROWN, Jr.,
A. A. A. G., Second Brig., Second Div., Sixth Corps.
* Embodied in revised statement, p. 145.