CHAP. XLVIII.1 RAPIDAN TO THE JAMES. 857
Report of Brig. Gen. Henry E. Davies, jr., U. S. Army, commanding
First Brigade, including operations April 29-July 4.
HDQRS. FIRST BRIGADE, SECOND CAVALRY DIVISION,
July 9, 1864.
CAPTAIN : I have the honor to forward the following report of the
operations of this brigade since breaking camp at Three-Mile Sta-
tion, on the 29th of April, 1864. Owing to the long period for which
the report is made, and the impossibility of giving within any rea-
sonable limit a detailed account of the movements of the command,
I forward this report in the form of a journal :
The brigade left camp on the morning of the 29th of April, and
crossing the Rappahannock River at Kelly's Ford, marched to Paoli
Mills, and there went into camp. We staid at Paoli Mills until May
3, when the command marched to Richardsville, and early on the
morning of the 4th crossed the Rapidan River. Marched to Chan-
cellorsville, and from thence to near Alrich's ; camped there for the
On the morning of the 5th marched to Todd's Tavern, and on
arriving there, about 3 p. m., relieved the Third Division. Fought
until dark, and succeeded in driving the enemy. Lost 65 men,
mostly from the First New Jersey and First Massachusetts Cavalry.
Encamped on the field.
May 6.—Marched back to near Alrich's ; not engaged.
May 7.—Marched back again to near Todd's Tavern, and were en-
gaged in the afternoon on the left. Fought until night-fall and suc-
ceeded in driving the enemy, with a heavy loss to them, our loss be-
ing 27, men, mostly from the Sixth Ohio Cavalry.
May 8.—Moved back to Alrich's ; were not engaged.
May 9.—Moved with the division and whole corps toward Freder-
icksburg, and thence toward Richmond. The brigade had the ex-
treme rear of the column, and about 4 p. m. the Sixth Ohio Cav-
alry, whicli composed the rear guard, was charged and had some
very heavy fighting for a short time, at a place called Davenport.
Captain Abell, of the Sixth Ohio, was killed ; also lost about 47
men from Sixth Ohio and First Massachusetts Cavalry; encamped
May 10.—Crossed the North and South Anna Rivers and went
into camp without being engaged.
May 11.—Started at 2 a. m. to cut the Fredericksburg railroad at
Ashland. On arriving there tore up quite a section of railroad, and
destroyed the Government buildings ; also an engine and train of
cars. The First Massachusetts charged into the place and lost 16
men and 3 commissioned officers, viz, Captain Motley, Lieutenant
Smith, the adjutant, and Lieutenant Hopkins. Earlier in the morn-
ing, Captain Gleason, of the same regiment, was wounded while on
picket. The command then joined the main column and crossed the
railroad at the junction of the Brook road ; marched all night and
arrived near the Burton house at daylight.
May 12.—Were engaged with the enemy for several hours at Bur-
ton's, and covered the rear in crossing the Chickahominy at Mead-
ow Bridge, and late at night went into camp at Gaines' house.
May 13.—Marched,all day and went into camp at Bottom's Bridge.