722 ?ª OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CHAP. XLVIII.
June 3.—A general advance was made. The division lost heavily,
but held its ground firmly.
June 4 to 9.—Almost oontinued skirmishing ; casualties frequent.
JUne 10.—Moved at night half a mile to the left, occupying the
position held at first by the Second Corps.
June 11.—Remained in same position.
June 12.—About 9 p. m. withdrew to new lines of works near Old
Tavern, at cross-roads.
Report of Brig. Gen. William IL Morris, U. S. Army, commanding
First -Brigade, of operations May 4-9.
May 10, 1864-10.45 a. in.
CAPTAIN : I have the honor to report that on the 3d of May, 1864,
I received orders from division headquarters to march on the follow-
ing morning at 4 o'clock. We left camp at 4.30 a. m. on the 4th of
May, crossed the Rapidan at 3.45 p.. in., and bivouacked near the
May 5, marched at 7 a. m. Captain King brought me orders
to pass General Seymour's command and go into position near
the house occupied on the preceding evening by General Wright.
One section First Massachusetts Artillery accompanied me. Formed
line at 7.30 a. in., placing Eighty-seventh Pennsylvania Volunteers
in reserve, and threw out skirmishers ; soon after placed some of
my command in position on one of the side roads and on left of Gen-
eral Seymour. At 12.45 received orders through Captain Allstrom
to march my command to'the plank road. Captain Richards came
as my command was moving, and told me to wait until General
Willcox came. At about 1.15 p. m. General Willcox arrived. I
showed him the dispositions I had made, and then withdrew to the
plank road. I massed my troops in front of the Wilderness Tavern,
and about a mile from it.
May 6, at 1 a. m. Lieut Waker brought me orders to attack the
enemy; at 4.30 a. in. I went to see General Ricketts, who told ,me
my position would be on Upton's left. I immediately went to see
Colonel Upton, accompanied by Lieutenant Waker, and conferred
with him. Colonel Upton informed me that his line would swing
around his left flank as a pivot when the troops on his right ad-
vanced. He suggested that I should be .a little in the rear of his
left, so as to be on his left after he had swung around: He had re-
ceived notice that the attack was postponed until 5 o'clock. I again
saw General Ricketts, aqid related to him my interview with Upton.
At 4.30 a. in. I crossed my troops from the left to the right of the
road, and placed them in position. The point being one of serious
importance to hold, and owing to a swamp having but little room,
the troops were necessarily extremely crowded. My brigade was in
three tines, with two lines of Bartlett's command in my front.
About 10 a. in. the enemy commenced shelling us with an exact
range upon my brigade, and continued to do so at intervals through-
out the day. The loss from this cause was 3 killed and 19 wounded
in my brigade. Olt about 3 p. in. I was informed that Warren was