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tablished vedette posts on the bank of the river and threw up skir-
mish pits, in which the reserve retired before light on the morning
of the 26th, and remained here until dark, when they were relieved ;
returned to the regiment, which was ready to march, and soon after
moved out of the works across the road in a field and lay down for
Were in line at daylight May 27, and soon after was on the move.
Marched all day in the direction of Hanover Court-House, crossed
the Pamunkey River about 11 p. m. May 28, and soon after halted
for the night. Erected some works the next morning, May 29, and
rested the balance of the day. May 30 moved over to Shady Grove,
rested for the night. At 10 a. m. of the 31st moved forward and
formed in line of battle, and advanced across a swamp and lay down
under cover of the crest of a hill, where we remained all night. On
the morning of June 1 a detail of 100 men was ordered for fa-
tigue, and, moving off to the left, constructed a line of works, be-
hind which the regiment was ordered at 12 m., and remained here
until the morning of June 2. The enemy opened quite a lively ar-
tillery fire upon us in the evening of the 1st.
June 2, moved to the rear, passing off to the left. At 2 p. m.
were formed in line of battle near Bethesda Church ; stacked arms
and built some works, behind which wt remained until morning.
June 3, advanced over our works at daylight in line of battle
and charged upon a line of works occupied by a strong picket-line,
driving the enemy behind his main works. Our regiment occupied
the abandoned works until after dark, when we were taken out and
occupied our old position, supporting Captain Roemer's battery.
Remained here until 3 p. m. June 4, and then moved to the left
toward Cold Harbor ' ?ª went into position behind good breast-works.
June 5, moved still farther to the left, where we made some heavy
details for fatigue June 5 and 6.
June 7, moved out to front line of works to support the Forty-
sixth New York; remained here until the 9th, when we were ordered
back to our old position in the second line of works. Staid here
'until the 11th, when we were ordered to occupy some woods in the
front of a fort, where we remained until the evening of June 12. *
Captain, 109th New York, Comdg. Regt.
[Capt. JOHN D. BERTOLETTE,
Report of Capt. Joseph K Bolton, Fifty-first Pennsylvania Infantry.
HDQRS. FIFTY-FIRST REGT. PENNSYLVANIA VET. VOLS.,
Near Petersburg, Va., September 20, 1864.
CAPTAIN : In compliance with Special Orders, No. 37, headquar-
ters First Brigade, Third Division, Ninth Army Corps, I have the
honor to submit the following report of the part taken in the several
* For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I.