742 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [Clap. xr.vm.
axes could be heard from the time the fighting ceased until daylight.
A steady fire was kept up, however, for about one hour, when the
order was given to cease firing. The One hundred and tenth una-
voidably occupied a very exposed position, being on slightly ele-
vated ground, subjecting it to all shots that failed to take effect in
the first line. We were also exposed to the fire of artillery, which
came obliquely from our front and right. We then moved off by
the left flank a short distance' when Shaler's brigade, of the First
Division, came up and formed on prolongation of our right, the. left
of his front line extending in front of the One hundred and tenth
Regiment. We remained in this position until toward evening, the
skirmishers and sharpshooters occasionally exchanging shots. A
little before dusk rapid firing was heard on the extreme right of the
line. It was discovered that the enemy had massed and was turning
the right of Shaler's brigade. The whole brigade gave way and
came rushing back in wild disorder, completely breaking up our line
and rendered further resistance on our part impossible. We fell
back, with the balance of the brigade, and took a position about a
mile to the left and rear, near the turnpike. The enemy followed
us up closely, but, with some loss, were finally compelled to fall
back. We remained in this position, threw up a long line of breast-
works, and laid on our arms all night. In the operations of the day
the One hundred and tenth Regiment lost 3 enlisted men killed, 17
wounded, and 14 missing ; total in killed, wounded, and missing, 34.
I will not pretend to say upon whom the responsibility for this dis-
aster should rest, but that there was a want of action somewhere
will admit of but little doubt, as it was evident to almost every one
that during the afternoon a movement on our right was in progress
by the enemy.
During the 7th of May we remained in the position we had taken the
night before, exposed to occasional shots from the enemy's artillery.
Skirmishing was kept up all day in our front. About 10 o'clock on
the evening of the 7th we left our position and marched all night
and until about 4 p. m..the next day, passing through to Chancel-
lorsville, to the vicinity of Spotsylvania Court-House, where we took
a position, which we occupied until about 8 p. in., having 1 man
wounded, when another change was made, in which the balance of
the night was consumed.
We commenced intrenching just after daylight. In the evening the
picket-line, of which the One hundred and tenth Regiment formed
a part, was advanced for the purpose of feeling the enemy's posi-
tion. In this advance the regiment had 1 man killed and 6 wounded.
No casualties occurred on the 10th, although we were exposed to a
sharp fire all day. On the 11th, at about 8 a. m., we moved a little
farther to the left, where we remained during the day. On the 12th,
although not actually engaged, we were constantly maneuvering,
and during the whole of the day and until 10 o'clock at night were
exposed to a destructive fire of musketry and artillery. During the
early part of the day we occupied a position between the enemy's
artillery and our own, but being protected by light earth-works but
little harm was done us. Captain Spangler, then acting field officer,
and Lieutenant Boyer, of Company H, were wounded, 1enlisted man
killed, and 19 wounded ; total, 22. On the 13th we remained exposed
to the fire of skirmishers and sharpshooters all day, but no casualties
occurred. On the 14th we marched toward Spotsylvania Court-
House, waded the Ny River after dusk, wetting and spoiling three