896 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [Crap. XLVIII.
'with our already too small force weakened by the withdrawal of my
regiment, the consummate bravery of the brigade could not have
prevented serious disaster.
June 2, we marched at dark, and arrived at Old Tavern June 3,
at 3 a. m., where we halted till daylight, when we marched to Haw's
Shop, where we remained all day supporting the cavalry batteries.
June 4, in the morning we relieved the Second New York Cav-
alry on picket, but hardly had our line established when a regiment
of the enemy's cavalry charged that portion of our line held by
Company A, commanded by Capt. A. N. Bernard, but were hand-
somely repulsed. One man captured. Here we remained till June
6, when we were relieved by the Sixth Ohio Cavalry.
June 6, marched to camp on Ruffin's farm, near Old Salem
Church, where we remained till June 11, when we went on recon-
naissance toward Shady Grove Church, under command of Lieu-
tenant-Colonel Brinton, Eighteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry, and his
regiment met the enemy's pickets and drove them about 4 miles,
when we encountered their infantry behind breast-works. Fell back
and went into old camp, where we remained till June 12, when we
were ordered to bring up the rear of the army, then crossing the
All of which is respectfully submitted.
GEO. A. PURINGTON,
Lieut. Col. Second Ohio Vet. Vol. Cay., Comdg. Regt.
Capt. CHARLES H. MILLER,
Report of Col. George H. Chapman, Third Indiana Cavalry, com-
manding Second Brigade.
HDQRS. SECOND BRIG., THIRD DIV., CAVALRY CORPS,
July 12, 1864.
CAPTAIN : I have the honor to submit the following report of the
operations of this brigade from May 3 to July 1, 1864 :
At midnight on the night of the 3d of May, in compliance with
orders, the brigade broke camp at Stevensburg, and crossing to the
plank road, moved to Germanna Ford, on the Rapidan River. Arriv-
ing there I made dispositions of my command to force a crossing
should the enemy offer opposition, and at early dawn my brigade
moved rapidly across the river, meeting with no resistance, and
massed on the plank road, 2 or 3 miles from the river. After a short
halt, proceeded up the plank road to Old Wilderness Tavern, and
from thence to Parker's Store by a country road, where we bivouacked
and threw out strong pickets on all approaches. During the march
nothing was seen of the enemy save a small mounted force, which re-
treated rapidly before our advance. Marched early on the morning
of the 5th with division, this brigade in advance, to Craig's Church,
on the Catharpin road, which point was reached about 11 a. m. I sent
a battalion of the First Vermont Cavalry forward on the Catharpin
road, with instructions to picket and patrol the road well toward
*For continuation of report, seq Vol. L, at I,