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During the short but arduous campaign since May 26 the brigade
has lost 220 officers and men killed and wounded, a loss compara-
tively severe when it is recollected that they were all old and tried
soldiers. But 49 men are missing, many of whom doubtless have
been killed or wounded, while during the same time the brigade has
captured from the enemy over 200 men and 20 officers.
Where all have done their whole duty it is impossible to discrimi-
nate. The regimental commanders, their officers and the men, have,
as always heretofore, been up to the mark wherever they have been
placed or whatever duty has been intrusted to them.
The brigade staff, Captains Mahnken, Wright, and White., and my
acting aides, Lieutenants Cating and Parker, have rendered me most
valuable and often hazardous service. Dr. Clarke, surgeon-in-chief,
has been indefatigable in the performance of his duties, and the
wounded owe much to his timely care and prescience. Lieutenant
Wheeler, acting assistant quartermaster of the brigade, has as usual
rendered valuable service, not only to the command but to the whole
division, and I would again urge upon superior authority the claims
of this energetic and efficient officer.
Trusting this report may be found satisfactory, I am, very respect-
fully, your obedient servant,
THOS. C. DEVIN,
Colonel, Commanding Brigade.
Capt. A. E. DANA,
Asst. Adjt. Gen., First Div., Cavalry Corps.
N. B.—I should have stated that it was by General Torbert's order
that Lieutenant Cating was sent to bring out the Seventeenth
Pennsylvania on the night of June 12.
Report of Col. Alfred Gibbs, Nineteenth New York Cavalry (First
Dragoons), commanding Reserve Brigade, of operations May
HEADQUARTERS FIRST NEW YORK DRAGOONS,
Camp near Light,flouse Point, Va., July 12, 1864.
CAPTAIN : In compliance with instructions from brigade head-
quarters, yesterday received, I have the honor to make the follow-
ing report of the operations of the Cavalry Reserve Brigade, when
I was in command of it, from the 5th to the 26th of May last, inclu-
In making this report, I desire to state that it must necessarily be
incomplete, since all my notes, memoranda, and reports were lost,
together with my diary and journal, on the 12th of June at the
affair of Trevilian Station.
The Cavalry Reserve Brigade, consisting of the First U. S. Cav-
alry, Capt. N. B. Sweitzer commanding ; second U. S. Cavalry,
Capt. T. F. Rodenbough commanding ; Fifth U. S. Cavalry, Capt.
A. K. Arnold commanding ; Sixth Pennsylvania Volunteer Cav-
alry, Maj. James Starr commanding ; First New York Volunteer
Dragoons, Lieut. Col. Thomas J. Thorp commanding, and Battery