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chusetts Volunteers, who was killed in the engagement of the 24th
of May. I desire to mention Lieutenant Lipp, adjutant Fifty-sixth
Massachusetts Volunteers, for his gallantry.
My thanks are due to my staff, the officers of which, although act-
ing, delivered my orders with cheerfulness and alacrity, and behaved
with great coolness. I regret to say that Lieut. George W. Creasy,
Thirty-fifth Massachusetts Volunteers, acting assistant adjutant-
general, and Lieutenants Chute and Cross, Fifty-ninth Massachu-
setts Volunteers, acting aides-de-camp, were captured by the enemy
while in the discharge of their duties during the battle of the North
Anna, having been sent to the front with orders.
My especial thanks are due to Lieut. George M. Randall, Fourth
U. S. Infantry, aides-de-camp, whose courage and bravery cannot be
excelled. Utterly regardless of danger he was always foremost in
the engagements, and all assistance possible was rendered to me by
I transmit herewith a list of casualties* occurring in First Brigade,
First Division, Ninth Army Corps, from May 4 to June 7, 1864.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JAMES H. LEDLIE,
Report of Lieut. Col. Joseph H. Barnes, Twenty-ninth Massachu-
setts Infantry, commanding First Brigade.
HDQRS. FIRST BRIG., FIRST DIV., NINTH ARMY CORPS,
Before Petersburg, Va., August 16, 1864.
In accordance with Special Orders, No. 209, headquarters Army
of the Potomac, I have the honor to submit the following report of
the operations of this brigade during the present campaign, up to
July 30, 1864:
The crossing of the Rapidan River and the battle of the Wilder-
On the 4th day of May, 1864, this brigade was composed of the
following regiments : Thirty-fifth, Fifty-sixth, Fifty-seventh, and
Fifty-ninth Massachusetts, under command of Col. Sumner Carruth,
of the Thirty-fifth Massachusetts. On the morning of the 4th broke
camp very early and marched in the direction of Germanna Ford, on
the Rapidan River, which the command crossed on the morning of
the 5th and went into camp, where they remained during the rest of
the day and night. At daylight on the following morning the
command marched toward the Wilderness, where they became en-
gaged in battle, and the division being repulsed the brigade was
compelled to fall back, losing heavily. On the morning of the 7th
*Embodied in revised statement, pp. 131, 147,161,175.
Lieut. C. J. MILLS,
Actg. Asst. Adjt. Gen., First Div.. Ninth Army Corps.