CHAP. XLVIII.] RAPIDAN TO THE JAMES. 933
the second on a ridge beyond. We 'crossed our intrenchments,
charged through the swamp, carried their first line, and took position
within 60 yards of their second, returned their galling fire, and soon
after commenced constructing cover, which was at first very slow
All day; like the swelling and ebbing of the voice of the winds,
the noise of battle now rose to a hurricane and now sank to a
whisper, but at dark we were as well protected as our foe, and our
bullets had made them shy and their fire inaccurate. That night
they evacuated, leaving some of their wounded on the field, and
many of their dead unburied ; and the next day we moved near Cold
Harbor, where we built two lines of works, and were skirmishing
most of the time until the 12th, when that position was evacuated. *
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Captain, Commanding Seventh Rhode Island Vols.
Brig. Gen. E. C. MAURAN,
Adjutant-General State of Rhode Island.
Itinerary of the Second Brigade,. Second Division, Ninth Army
May 4.—The brigade moved from Bristoe Station in the direction
of Germanna Ford, on the Rapidan.
May 5.—Crossed the Rapidan at Germanna Ford.
May 6.—Early in the morning moved to Wilderness, where a
severe battle took place, the brigade losing heavily. Continued
fighting and skirmishing was kept up until the 12th.
May 12.—A general engagement at Spotsylvania, lasting until the
May 21.—The brigade moved in the direction of North Anna
May 24.—Crossed the river under a severe artillery fire from the
enemy ' ?ª skirmishing until the night of the 26th.
May 26.—Recrossed the river and moved in the direction of Han-
May 30.—Arrived at Hanovertown.
June 2.—In the afternoon the brigade moved from its camp at
Shady Grove in the direction of. Bethesda Church, at which place
it arrived at about 3 p. m. A sudden and unexpected attack of the
enemy upon the Second Corps called it at once to their support.
Toward evening it took position in a line of works on the extreme
right of our lines, skirmishing with the enemy until the morning of
the 3d, when an engagement took place, lasting nearly all day, in
which the brigade lost heavily.
June 5.—Moved to Cold Harbor, remaining until the 12th.
June 12.—At night quietly withdrew from the works in front,
moving in the direction of James River.
*For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I.
f From returns for May and June.