CHAP. XLVIII.] RAPIDAN TO THE JAMES. 811
Loss in the division from May 4 to July 1, 1864 :
Brigades. Officers. Men. 1
..ci Wounded. ek Total. I:4 -ci Missing. ,.. 1
.4 .P., a 2
114 1 ?ªci 0
Reserve Brigade 7 28 11 46 98 416 157 671 717
First Brigade 5 20 6 I 31 93 310 342 745 776
Second Brigade 3 21 1 25 56 229 54 339 364
15 n 18 102 247 955 553 1,755 1,857
For further details I would respectfully refer to the inclosed re-
ports of brigade commanders.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
A. T. A. TORBERT,
Brigadier-General of Volunteers, Commanding.
Lieut. Col. JAMES W. FORSYTH,
Chief of Staff, Cavalry Corps.
Report of Brig. Gen. Wesley Merritt, U. S. Army, commanding First
Division, of operations May 7-26.
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY RESERVE BRIDADE,
July 6, 1864.
CAPTAIN : In compliance with directions received through head-
quarters First Cavalry Division, from headquarters of the corps, I
respectfully submit the following report of the operations of the
division, from the time I assumed command (May 7, 1864) to the 26th
of the same month, when General Torbert, the present commander,
assumed command :
At the time I took command by orders from division headquar-
ters, the First and Second Brigades were in position in front of the
Furnaces, about 2 miles from Todd's Tavern, and the Reserve Brigade
was near Alrich's plantation. On the 7th the Reserve Brigade
marched by the position named above occupied by the other two
brigades, and assuming command of the division, I ordered Colonel
Devin's brigade to follow the Reserve Brigade, while General Custer
continued to hold the position already occupied by his command.
On the evening of the same day the Reserve Brigade met a force of
the enemy's cavalry near Todd's Tavern, and a brisk fight occurred.
Colonel Gibbs, commanding Reserve Brigade, handled it with great
skill, and drove the enemy some miles on the road to Spotsylvania
Court-House. The Second Brigade was held as reserve, but it was
not found necessary to use it on that day. On the morning of the
8th, by orders received from army headquarters. I advanced the two
brigades of the division, then with me on the road to Spotsylvania
Court-House (the First Brigade still near the Furnaces). The orders
were to take position near Spotsylvania on the Block house road.
On advancing the leading brigade (the Reserve) was immediately