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enemy made two desperate attempts to regain his position, but was
handsomely repulsed, and finally obliged to fall back across the
Chickahominy Swamp. At 1 a. m. of May 12 I moved with the
regiment down the' pike toward Richmond to Brook Church,
when we turned to the right and crossed the Chickahominy Swamp
at Meadow Bridge. The regiment was not engaged at the crossing
of Meadow Bridge or on any subsequent period on this raid. With
this I send a list of killed, wounded, and missing.*
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Lieut. L. W. BARNHART, A. A. A. G.
Reports of Col. Russell A. Alger, Fifth Michigan Cavalry, including
operations May 4-July 3.
HEADQUARTERS FIFTH MICHIGAN CAVALRY,
July 8, 1864.
LIEUTENANT : Obeying orders received from brigade headquarters
dated July 6, 1864, I have the honor to submit the following report
of the part taken by this regiment in the operations of the brigade
from May 4 to May 25, inclusive :
May 4, moved from camp near Culpeper to Stony Mountain.
May 5, moved at 3 a. m., crossed the Rapidan River at Ely's Ford,
to near Chancellorsville ; picketed road leading to Todd's Tavern.
May 6, moved at 3 a. m. on the road leading to Todd's Tavern,
where we arrived at 8 a. m. The enemy's cavalry appearing between
our position and the left of the infantry line we moved back about 2
miles, where we met Rosser's and a portion of Jones' rebel cavalry
brigades. The line of battle formed, this regiment occupied the
center, the First Cavalry on the right, the Seventh the left, the
Sixth being sent to attack the enemy's left. When the engage-
ment had lasted about one hour I received an order to join the
Sixth Cavalry, commanded by Major Kidd, which was obeyed, and
after a severe contest, lasting about half an hour, during which
time the balance of the brigade engaged him in his front, the enemy
was driven from the field, leaving his dead and a portion of his
wounded in our possession. In this engagement Lieutenant Sabin, of
Company K, was severely wounded in the thigh. A note found on
the field written by the rebel surgeon-in-chief, asking for transpor-
tation for wounded, says : " We have many killed and 60 more
wounded than we have transportation for." Moved back on Chan-
cellorsville road about 3 miles in the evening. 7th, moved back to
position occupied yesterday ; regiment ordered to take position do
right of line. Found it occupied by the enemy, charged, and drove
him out. Some slight skirmishing during the day. About 6 p. m.
regiment, with brigade, moved near Todd's Tavern; joined the right
of Second Division. Enemy was found in force, attacked, and
routed. Occupied position of the day during the night. 8th, moved
toward Spotsylvania Court-House and back on Fredericksburg road
* Embodied in revised statement, pp. 128, 184, 185.