956 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CHAP. XLVIII.
4th, when we moved for Cold Harbor. While around Cold Harbor
we were behind entrenchments that were thrown up by other troops,
who had occupied this part of the line while we were at Bethesda
Church. During the time the regiment was around Cold Harbor
it was not engaged beyond some slight skirmishing on its picket-
I remain, captain, your obedient servant,
Colonel, Commanding Brigade.
Report of Lieut. Col. Ralph Ely, Eighth Michigan Infantry .
HDQRS. EIGHTH MICHIGAN INFANTRY VET. VOLS.,
Before Petersburg, Va., August 11, 1864.
SIR : In compliance with Special Orders, No. 37, August 10, 1864,
I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken
by my command in the several operations of the campaign from the
crossing of the Rapidan to the assault on the enemy's works before
Petersburg, July 30, 1861 :
This regiment, with the corps, crossed the Rapidan at Germanna
Ford May 5. On the 6th was engaged in the battle of the Wil-
derness. 8th, moved through Chancel] orsville and encamped 6 or 8
miles from Spotsylvania. 9th, moved to near Spotsylvania. 10th,
was engaged in a skirmish. 12th, participated in the assault of
the enemy's rifle-pits. 23d and 24th, marched to North Anna River,
lay in rifle-pits until the 28th, then crossed the Pamunkey. 29th,
was on picket. 30th, advanced the line, which ensued in a sharp
Remained behind rifle-pits until June 2, then moved to near
Cold Harbor. 3d, with the division charged and drove the enemy
from their first line of works. Remained behind rifle-pits, con-
tinuing to fortify, until the 13th, when, with the Army of the
Potomac, took up line of march for Petersburg.*
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Regiment.
Capt. J. D. BERTOLETTE,
Assistant Adjutant-General, First Brigade.
Report of Col. Constant Luce, Seventeenth Michigan Infantry.'
HDQRS. SEVENTEENTH MICHIGAN VOL. INFTY.,
Before Petersburg, Va., August 8, 1864.
CAPTAIN : I have the honor to submit the following report of the
part taken by the Seventeenth Regiment Michigan Volunteer In-
*For continuation of report, see. Vol. XL, Part I.
Capt. JOHN D. BERTOLETTE;
Asst. Adjt. Gen., 1st Brig., 3d Div., 9th Army Corps.