CHAP, XLVIII.] RAPIDAN TO THE JAMES.
about 2 p. m., when the last of his division was withdrawn from that
position to support General Potter in his attack. One of General
Willcox's brigades (Hartranft's) had already moved forward on the
right of General Potter and attacked with considerable success, hav-
ing broken the enemy's line, though they were not able to hold their
advance position, but maintained their ground in front of the enemy
until General Willcox supported it by Christ's brigade. A short
time after these movements orders were given for the Third Division,
General Willcox, supported by General Potter, to assault at 6 o'clock,
it being understood that General Hancock would attack at the same
hour, but before that hour arrived the enemy opened upon General
Hancock, thus rendering it important that our attack should be made
earlier. General Willcox formed his lines quickly, and at 5.30 p. m.
commenced the assault, forcing the enemy, who had come out of his
intrenchments, back into them and breaking his line on the left.
This part of their line was held for some time, but we were finally
forced to give it up by the overpowering force of the enemy. We
were enabled, however, to hold our ground immediately in front of
their intrenchments, neither falling back nor advancing. At about
dusk General Willcox opened communication with the right of the
For the operations of the First Division on this day, I beg to refer
you to the report of Major-General Hancock, under whose command
it fought. From personal knowledge of the Second and Third Divis-
ions, and from information received of the movements of the First
Division, I am glad to bear testimony to the efficiency and gallantry
of these brave men.
The losses in the First Divisi'on were 92 killed, 349 wounded, and
82 missing ; total, 523. In the Second Division, 74 killed, 389
wounded, 41 missing ; total, 504. The Third Division, 469 killed
and wounded, and 12 missing ; total, 481.
Soon after dark our line was regulated and intrenched, and before
morning the enemy withdrew from our front, skirmishers were
pushed out, and a few prisoners picked up, but no considerable force
was encountered. In this engagement we lost some of our most
valuable officers and men. Nothing of importance occurred on the
7th. Soon after noon of that day the Second Division was with-
drawn and concentrated near the Wilderness Tavern, in readiness to
support the Sixth. Corps.
From May 7 to May 20, 1864. The march to Spotsylvania Court-
House and the operations in front of that place.
During the afternoon of the 7th directions were received to make
arrangements to move the corps to the neighborhood of Chancellors-
vine, acting as rear guard to that portion of the army moving in
that direction. The First Division was directed to report to me
again, and I ordered it to move from the position it then occupied up
the Orange and Fredericksburg plank road to its intersection with
the Wilderness Tavern and Chancellorsville road, and there await
the arrival of the other divisions of the corps, taking care not to in-
terfere with the Sixth Corps, which was to pass that point on its way
to Chancellorsville. The movement of the First Division was to
commence as soon as the rear of the Fifth Corps, which was to move