948 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CHAP. XLVIIL
about 1 mile to the front, between the Second and Fifth Corps.
This division followed with brigades in the same order. I formed
line on the left of Potter's division, facing southwest, about 7 a. m.
Soon after Potter's division was ordered to the left, and I was ordered
to his support. This movement was to the rear, and on account of
the underbrush was not very promptly made. After moving back
nearly a mile the lines were again formed. I formed in support of
the First Brigade (Potter's division), commanded by Col. Z. R.
Bliss, facing south, and perhaps a little east of south. The advance
was made with great difficulty, on account of the woods and under-
brush, which were on fire. When we found the enemy my front was
uncovered by Bliss' brigade. I formed my line, making nearly a
right angle,-facing south and east. The enemy was in force in front
of my left. While in this position I received orders from Major.
General Burnside to advance and carry the enemy's works. I
ordered the advance at 10 a. m., holding the Second Michigan in
reserve and directing the Seventeenth Michigan to watch well the
right flank. The line moved forward and carried the enemy's works
and held them for a moment, until a panic seized the left, which
brought the whole line back in confusion. I immediately advanced
skirmishers from the Second Michigan and SeVenteenth Michigan ;
also moved the Seventeenth more to the left, and on these regiments
reformed my line. In this charge many prisoners were taken from
the enemy, but lost, perhaps, an equal number. It was here that
Col. Frank Graves, Eighth Michigan, fell at the head of his regi-
ment, within the enemy's works. He led. his regiment in gallant
style. After this repulse Christ's brigade came up and took position
on my left. At 4.30 p. m., in obedience to orders from the general
commanding the division, I again advanced, but found the enemy's
fire very severe. My line halted. I did not order it forward, but
reported to the general commanding the division. I was soon after
notified that nd farther advance would be made. In this last
advance my los's in killed and wounded was larger than in the
morning. My brigade was relieved at dark by Bliss' brigade, and
moved to the right to cover the road leading south.
Early in the morning of the 7th I advanced the line about 200
yards, stretching across the road, with right refused so as to form an
angle of about 45 degrees with the road, and built breast-works.
There was slight skirmishing with the enemy during the day. On
the morning of the 8th moved to the left through Chancellorsville,
and went into camp about 2 miles beyond in the afternoon.
On the morning of the 9th marched at 5 a. m., following Christ's
brigade. After marching about 3 miles formed line of battle. Christ
was then skirmishing with the enemy on the opposite bank of the
Ny River, near the house. As Christ moved his brigade across
the river, I moved up to its bank, with the Seventeenth Michigan on
the road, the Second Michigan about 200 yards to the right of the
road, and the Twenty-seventh Michigan about 200 yards to the left
of the road. I instructed Major Moody, commanding the latter, to
build a bridge, so as to be able to cross speedily, if necessary. The
Fifty-first Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers, Lieutenant-Colonel
Schall commanding; Eighth Michigan Veteran Volunteers, Lieu-
tenant-Colonel Ely commanding, and One hundred and ninth New