CHAP. XLVIII.] RAPIDAN TO THE JAMES. 753
and held. A considerable number of prisoners were taken by this
regiment in the earth-works, and a battery, which had caused us
much loss, barely escaped falling into our possession. On the 2d
instant the captured works were altered and strengthened for defen-
sive operations. No movement of importance occurred in our front,
and no general engagement was brought about, but continued skir-
mishing and cannonading were kept up. On the 12th instant we re-
lieved a portion of the Second Corps, and at night the whole line
retired to new works in our rear. *
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
M. R. McCLENNAN,
Lieut. J. A. GUMP,
Actg. Asst. Adjt. Gen., Second Brig., Third Div., Sixth Corps.
Daily Memoranda of Artillery Brigade, commanded by Col. Charles
H. Tompkins, First Rhode Island Light Artillery, May 4-June 4.
May 4.—Brigade moved with corps from winter camp near Brandy
Station at 4 a. m. Crossed the Rapidan River in afternoon, and
encamped 2+ miles south on Germanna plank road in evening.
May 5.—Brigade moved with corps at 6 a. m. on Germanna plank
road about 2+ miles to intersection of plank road and Orange Court-
House and Fredericksburg road, when, the enemy being met in force,
the corps was established in line and the artillery massed in its rear.
May 6.—Under arms at 5 a. m., Major Sears' battalion Fourth
New York Artillery, reported at 10.45 a. m., through Brigadier-
General Wright, commanding First Division, Sixth Army Corps, to
Brigadier-General Neill, commanding Second Brigade, Second
Division, temporarily attached to First Division. Captain Adams,
commanding Battery G, First Rhode Island Light Artillery, was
placed in position to command the Orange Court-House road in the
afternoon. At 7.30 p. m. the right and rear of General Sedgwick's
command being attacked and the right wing of the corps completely,
turned, one section of Battery E, First Rhode Island Light Artillery,
Capt. W. B. Rhodes commanding, was placed on the plank road,
commanding it toward Germanna Ford. Captains McKnight's and
McCartney's batteries, Batteries M, Fifth U. S. Artillery, and A,
Massachusetts Artillery, were placed in position on side of camp,
bearing on the same road. The remainder of the brigade, wagons,;
&c., were sent to rear of Captain Adams' battery.
May 7.—At 10 a. m. Captains McKnight's and McCartney's bat-
teries reported to Brigadier-General Ricketts, established on left of
General Sedgwick's line, resting near the Orange Court-House road.
The following was the position at 11 a. m., without regard to cardi-
nal points. t
The line was extended to right in p. m. to resist an anticipated
attack. Brigade moved with corps at 9.30 p. m. toward Chancel-
lorsville and Piney Branch Church, in following cyder : First Divis-
* For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I.
f See diagram, p. 754.
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