902 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CHAP.
brigade. At dark on the 12th of June, in pursuance of orders di-
recting a general movement of the army, I moved my command to
Long Bridge, on the Chickahominy. Finding the bridge destroyed
and the stream not fordable, I dismounted the Twenty-second New
York and Third Indiana. The first named command was mainly
crossed on a log a short distance above the bridge, and, making their
way with much difficulty and considerable delay through the swamp,
succeeded in crossing the second branch of the stream as they had
crossed the first, on logs, and joined the brigade on the south bank of
the river or swamp. In the mean time a pontoon-boat having been
launched into the first branch of the stream, the Third Indiana were
hastily crossed over under fire from a small force of the enemy, who
occupied a rifle-pit on the south bank of the second branch of the
stream. These were soon driven back, and the Third Indiana crossed
over the second branch on limbs and logs of trees and formed in,
line of battle, with skirmishers thrown well to the front. Owing
to the difficulties to be overcome considerable time was consumed in
laying the pontoon bridges, and it was after midnight when my com-
mand was entirely over. The command then moved forward to
White Oak Swamp, the advance skirmishing with a small body of
the enemy's cavalry, who fell back across the swamp. At this point
we found the enemy prepared to make resistance to our farther ad-
vance, with abattery in position, from which they opened fire.
Lieutenant Fitzhugh's battery, then serving with this brigade, was
ordered into position and a lively artillery duel ensued, in which
one of the sections of our battery suffered considerably in men and
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
GEO. H. CHAPMAN,
Colonel Third Indiana Cavalry, Commanding Brigade.
Capt. Louis SIEBERT,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Third Cavalry Division.
Report of Lieut. Alexander C. M. Pennington, Battery M, Second
U. S. Artillery, First Brigade Horse Artillery, including oper-
ations April 16-May 31.
CAMP OF HORSE BATTERY M, SECOND U. S. ARTY.,
Jordan's Point, Va., July 25, 1864,
I have the honor to make the following report of the operations of
my battery while serving with the Third Cavalry Division, from the
16th of April to the 31st of May, 1864 :
I reported for duty with the Third Cavalry Division on the 16th
of April, but was not called upon for any active duty till the 3d of
May. About 10 p. m. on May 3 I received an order to prepare my
battery to move immediately, and to follow the Second Brigade
(Colonel Chapman) when it moved from camp, which I did about
11 p. m., and at daylight arrived at Germanna Ford, where I
crossed the Rapidan on the pontoon bridge as soon as it was laid ;
marched in rear of the Second Brigade till we reached Parker's Store,
where I placed my guns in position and bivouacked for the night.
A little after daylight on the 5th I followed the First Brigade
*For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I.