CHAP. XLVIII.] RAPIDAN TO THE JAMES. 965
and in support of part of the brigade. The enemy gave way, leav-
ing a line of works, which we took possession of. On the 4th relieved
a portion of the Second Corps, which position we occupied until
June 12, nothing worthy of note transpiring during that time, the
time being chiefly employed in constructing earth-works. The loss
of the regiment in the above operations was 70 in killed and wounded.
Left the lines at Cold Harbor June 12.*
I have the honor to be, captain, respectfully, your obedient servant,
JOS. K. BOLTON,
Captain, Commanding Regiment.
[Capt. CHARLES H. MCCREERY,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.]
Report of Lieut. Col. Byron M. Cutcheon, Twentieth Michigan
Infantry, commanding- Second Brigade.
HDQRS. SECOND BRIG., FIRST DIV., 9TH ARMY CORPS,
Near Poplar Sp ring Church, Va., October 23, 1864.
CAPTAIN : In accordance with instructions from headquarters
First Division, Ninth Army Corps, I have the honor to submit the
following report of the part taken in the several actions of this cam-
paign up to the 30th July, 1864, by the several regiments in this
At the beginning of this campaign this brigade (then the Second
Brigade, Third Division, Ninth Army Corps) consisted of the fol-
lowing regiments, viz : Seventy-ninth New York Volunteers, the
Fiftieth Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers, Twentieth Michigan
Volunteer Infantry, the First Michigan Sharpshooters, and the
Sixtieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. On the 4th of May the brigade
marched from Warrenton Junction, but the Seventy-ninth New
York and the Sixtieth Ohio were left as garrison and did not rejoin
until after the battle of the Wilderness. We crossed the Rapidan
at noon of May 5, and took post on the right of the army to cover
the ford, but did not become engaged on that day.
THE BATTLE OF THE WILDERNESS.
At 3 o'clock of the morning of 6th May the brigade, Col. B. C.
Christ commanding, was put in motion and marched up the plank
road until it arrived at the Wilderness Run. Here the brigade filed
off from the main road, keeping to the right of the run, and passing
through a piece of dense pine woods emerged upon an open field.
Here seven companies of the First Michigan Sharpshooters, which
had the advance, were deployed as skirmishers to cover a gap in the
lines on the left of the Fifth Corps, and the three remaining
companies formed a reserve to this line. This skirmish line was ad-
vanced to develop the position of the enemy, supported by the bah
*For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I.