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their front. My command remained in this position until the even-
ing of June 12, when it was withdrawn, following Christ's brigade,
moving to the left. *
I am, captain, your most obedient servant,
J. F. HARTRANFT,
(Late Col. Fifty-first Penn. Infy.), Brig. Gen. of Vols.
Capt. JOHN D. BERTOLETTE,
Asst. Adjt. Gen., First Div., Ninth Army Corps.
Report of Col. William Humphrey, Second Michigan Infantry.
HEADQUARTERS SECOND MICHIGAN INFANTRY,
Before Petersburg, Va., August 14, 1864.
CAPTAIN : I have the honor to submit the following report of the
part taken by the Second Michigan Infantry in the operations of the
campaign up to July 30, during that part of the time the regiment
was attached to the First Brigade, viz, from the crossing of the Rap-
idan to the evening of May 12 ; also from the evening of May 27 to
the evening of June 18 :
The regiment crossed the Rapidan at Germanna Ford at 3 p. m.,
May 5, and an hour later rejoined the brigade, from which it had
been separated since the morning of the 4th. At 4 a. m. of the 6th
the regiment marched with the brigade toward the field of the bat-
tle of the Wilderness, reaching the first position assigned it about 7
a. m. Near noon we were moved to the left of the first position,
marched into the woods, and soon after formed with the rest of the
brigade a supporting column for the Second Division, then about to
charge the enemy's lines. As formed the regiment was the rear of
the column, but the attack being repulsed by the enemy, the part of
the column in my front broke and fled to the rear in disorder, leav-
ing my regiment, so far as I know, the only one that retained its
organization and holding its position. The regiment now formed
the line, and I at once threw out skirmishers that met, checked, and
held the enemy's advance until General Hartranft succeeded in rally-
ing some of the regiments that had gone to the rear and again
moved them up on to the line. Between 4 and 5 p. m. another ad-
vance was ordered and made, in which the regiment participated.
In this advance, which was made under a very sharp fire from the
enemy, I lost 6 men killed, and 3 officers and 29 men wounded. After
dark we moved to the right a short distance, where we slept on our
arms, and in the morning threw up a line of intrenchments, behind
which we laid until 1 a. m. of the 8th.
At 1 a. m. of the 8th moved from the position we had occupied
since the evening of the 6th, taking the road leading across the
Chancellorsville battle-field, passing which we moved on till we
* For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I.