758 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CHAP. XLVIn.
June 1.—Conjunction with General Smith. Line established.
Smith on right, Wright on left. (Sixth Corps line; from left to
right, Neill, Russell, Ricketts.) Smith, Hexamer, Harn, McCartney,
Dorsey, Rhodes, Brinckle. The latter did no firing. Do not know
whether battalion was in or not.
June 2.--Hexamer relieved by Second Corps battery. Adams and
Cowan put in on left of Ham. At noon, by order of General Hunt,
Hexamer was ordered to report to Captain Elder, chief of artillery,
Eighteenth Corps. McCartney and Rhodes advanced to a new line
and intrenched, leaving Dorsey in rear. Brinckle was withdrawn,
the line being advanced. An attack ordered for 5 p. in. ; postponed
to 3d June, at 4.30 a. m.
June 3.—Attack occurred at 4.30 a. m.
Relative position of batteries :
Harn and Adams report to General Russell ; Rhodes and White
report to General Ricketts ; McCartney and Cowan report to Gen-
eral Neill for service if they should be required ; were not used.
Stevensplaced in front and right of Rhodes. Attack gained but
little. Orders from headquarters Army of the Potomac to suspend
attack at 1.30 p. m., intrench, including abandoned positions, with
a view to moving against the enemy's, works by regular approaches.
Report of Capt. Charles W. White, Fourth Maine Battery.
HDQRS. FOURTH BATTERY MAINE VOLUNTEERS,
Near Petersburg, Va., September 2, 1864.
COLONEL : I have the honor to make the following report of
Fourth Battery Maine Volunteers from May 4 to July 30, 1864 :
May 4, at 4 a. m. the Fourth Battery Maine Volunteers, com-
manded by Lieut. Melville C. Kimball, broke camp at Brandy
Station, Va., and at 6 o'clock marched toward the Rapidan, which
we crossed at Germania Ford at 3 p. m. After crossing the river,
the battery moved about 1 mile down the plank road and went into
camp for the night. Early the next morning the battery resumed
its march down the plank road leading to Fredericksburg. After
marching about 4 miles, our advance came to the rebel pickets,
which were driven in. Our corps immediately formed in line of
battle. There being no position for artillery, the batteries went into
park on the left of the road near Wilderness Tavern, and remained
harnessed, ready to move at a moment's notice, during the after-
noon and night. The next morning obtained two days' rations and
one day's forage. Fighting commenced very early in the morning
on our right ; very little artillery engaged. At 10 a. m. moved
out and went into position near the road leading to Ely's Ford. We
remained quiet and undisturbed in that position until just dark,
when the enemy made a fearful charge on our right and succeeded
in turning it, and for an hour there was a stream of demoralized men