Cr.HA XLVIII.1 RAPIDAN TO THE JAMES. 885
On the night of the 3d May, 1864, broke camp at Stevensburg and
crossed the Rapidan at Germanna Ford at early dawn.
May 4, marched as the advance of the army as far as Parker's
Store without opposition ; bivouacked for the night.
May 5, marched early to Craig's Meeting-House. Came upon
the enemy's advance there heavy engagement during the day ;
the enemy, re-enforced by infantry, compelled us to fall back to
Todd's Tavern, the Eighteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry, under Lieu-
tenant-Colonel Brinton, covering the rear, being at one time cut off
from the command by the enemy's cavalry on the Catharpin road,
but succeeded in making their way through. A part of the divis-
ion in conjunction with General Gregg's division were engaged
until dark. The Fifth New York Cavalry having been left on
picket at Parker's Store received-the first shock of the enemy's in-
fantry, then advancing in force on the plank road ; they fought
successfully for five hours, losing many killed and wounded, and
were finally relieved by our infantry under Brigadier-General
May 6 and 7, on extreme left of the army, watching the enemy's
May 8, started on a reconnaissance to Spotsylvania Court-House,
drove the rebel cavalry through the place, capturing many prison-
ers ; came upon Longstreet's men, attacked them, but toward dark
withdrew and bivouacked near Alsop's.
May 9, marched with the Cavalry Corps to North Anna and
bivouacked, &c. ?ª
If the above should be of service to you, general, it will give me
I have the honor to be, general, very truly, your obedient servant,
Reports of Col. John B. McIntosh, Third Pennsylvania Cavalry,
commanding First Brigade, including operations May 5-June
ON THE PLANK ROAD,
ABOUT 3 MILES FROM PARKER'S STORE,
May 5, 1864-11 a. M.
GENERAL : I met this morning a picket force of about 400 cavalry
stationed at Parker's Store. They had orders to remain and hold
the place until the infantry came up. After a gallant resistance,
and when all their ammunition was expended, they were forced back
by heavily superior numbers. I have remained with them. We
are now formed at the junction of the Parker's Store road and the
Chancellorsville road without ammunition. We want a strong in-
fantry force, and I understand 'General Crawford is on my right.
As yet he has given no help. He should extend his line at once
across the Parker's Store road.
J. B. McINTOSH,
Lieut. COL JAMES W. FORSYTH,
Chief of Staff, Hdqrs. Army of the Shenandoah.