852 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CHAP. XLVIII.
It is impossible, in the limits of a report such os this, to mention
by name all the officers in the command entitled to especial notice.
The regimental commanders without exception are worthy of highest
praise. They did all that officers could do, and their men without
exception as a body acted as men belonging to this brigade have
always done, fearlessly willing to do and die. I can do but poor jus-
tice to the command in this report, having no facilities for making it
out, but I cannot willingly close it without saying a word with refer-
ence to the accomplished chief surgeon of this brigade and his assist-
ants. Always where they could be of the most service, without ref-
erence to what a strict construction of their duty would require, they
were often exposed to a heavy fire on the skirmish line without re-
gard to which they did their duty, ignoring personal rest or safety.
I rejoice to say n??t a wounded man of this brigade was left uncared
for on the field. Dr. Wilson, chief surgeon of the brigade, and the
surgeons acting with him, won the highest commendations from both
men and officers, who are always so willing—unjustly at times—to
condemn what they do not understand. The hospital field arrange-
ments of the brigade are well perfected. The bands, under the man-
agement of the surgeons, doing their duty well in carrying off the
To my staff I owe especial thanks. Continually exposed in battle
and on the march, they all did the duties of their station with cheer-
fulness and zeal. On the march, the severest test of soldierly quali-
ties, they were always willing to do the hardest duties, at times when
they were harassed and tired by overwork ; on the field, when blood
was being freely shed and loved comrades in the lines were falling
fast, they shrunk from no office which they were called on to per-
form. It is no set formula to thank them in this report. I commend
them to the notice of my superior commanders as true gentlemen,
accomplished officers, fearless, zealous, and trustworthy. I cannot,
in concluding, omit to mention and return thanks to Captain O'Keeffe,
of the corps staff. He was with me the most of the time during the
battle of the 12th at Trevilian Station, and by his unwearying exer-
tions and fearless example did much to add to the success of the bri-
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Capt. A. E. DANA,
Assistant Adjutant-General, First Cavalry Division.
Report of Brig. Gen. David McM. Gregg, U. S. Army, commanding
Second Division, of operations May 4-July 7.
HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS,
July 7, 1864.
COLONEL : I have the honor to submit the following report of the
operations of the Second Division, Cavalry Corps, since crossing the
Rapidan, in the general movement of the Army of the Potomac, on
the 4th Of May until the present date :
Extending as these operations do over a space of two months, in
which time the division accomplished in various directions a march of
over 700 miles, and distinctively engaged the enemy ten times, they