CHAP. XLVIIL] RAPIDAN TO THE JAMES. 829
road. 13th, moved to and encamped near Bottom's Bridge ; pick-
eted road to Gaines' Mill. 14th, crossed Chickahominy at Bottom's
Bridge ?ª moved to Malvern Hill. 17th, moved at 9 p. m, toward
White House. 18th, arrived at Baltimore Cross-Roads 12 m. 20th,
marched with brigade to Hanover Court-House ; destroyed two rail-,
road bridges and some track ; moved back about 7 miles and en-
camped. 21st, went back to Hanover Court-House ; drove a rebel
picket from the town. Was ordered to move with regiment, sup-
ported by First Cavalry, Lieutenant-Colonel Stagg, to ascertain the
strength of the enemy at and, if possible, destroy the railroad bridge
crossing the South Anna River. After some skirmishing, and find-
ing a strong force of infantry, cavalry, and artillery, I reported the
fact to the general commanding, who ordered me to return. Moved
back to within 4 miles of White House and encamped. 22d, crossed
the Pamunkey at White House. 23d, marched via Aylett's to 4nd
encamped near Herring Creek. 24th, marched to Concord Church.
25th, marched to Chesterfield Station. Joined Army of the Poto-
Although this campaign has been a seven and fatiguing one, the
regiment has not lost the services of a man from disease. I regret to
report that Private John A. Huff, Company E, the man mentioned
who wounded General Stuart, has recently died of wounds received
at Haw's Shop on the 28th of May. He was forty-eight years of
age, had belonged to Berdan's Sharpshooters two years, won the first
prize as the best shot in his regiment, been discharged and enlisted
in this regiment at Armada, Mich., last winter, where he resided.
Annexed hereto I forward a list of casualties in the regiment dur-
ing the time given, the total of which is killed, 8 ; ,wounded, com-
missioned officers, 5 ; enlisted men, 29 ; missing, 3.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
R. A. ALGER,
HEADQUARTERS FIFTH MICHIGAN CAVALRY,
In the Field, July 9, 1864.
LIEUTENANT : Obeying orders received 6th instant from brigade
headquarters, I have the honor to make the followinc,6 report of the
part taken by this regiment in the operations of the brigade from
May 26 to June 30, 1864 :
May 26, regiment moved with brigade from Wright's Tavern,
near Milford Station, to Hanovertown Ferry, on Pamunkey River.
27th, crossed river and moved toward Hanover Court-House. Met the
enemy's cavalry, Maryland Battalion ; drove them back near to Han-
over Court-House, with brigade, capturing a number of prisoners.
Encamped on the field during the night. 28th, about 2 p. m., ordered
with brigade forward to support General Gregg's division, which
was already engaging the enemy near Haw's Shop. Brigade being
dismounted and formed in line of battle on the left side of and per-
pendicular to the road, this regiment forming on the left of the line,
the command moved forward and became immediately hotly en-
gaged. The ground over which the regiment passed was covered
with pine shrubs, affording no protection from the fire of the enemy,
who was posted in heavy timber and on high ground directly in our
Lieut. L. W. BARNHART,
A. A. A. G., First Brig., First Div., Cavalry Corps.