972 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [Caen. XLVIII.
From this time until the arrival before Petersburg the command
performed much severe marching by day and by night, but as this
was only in common with the rest of the army, it is not necessary
to make special mention of it.
On the 4th of June the Forty-sixth New York Veteran Volunteers
returned to the brigade after their furlough. On the 10th of June
the Twenty-fourth New York Cavalry (dismounted), was assigned
to the brigade.*
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
BYRON M. CUTCHEON,
Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Brigade.
Capt. JOHN D. BERTOLETTE,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Ninth Army Corps.
Report of Col. Charles V. De Land, First Michigan Sharpshooters,
of operations May 5-14. "
IN HOSPITAL, WASHINGTON, D. C.,
Mav 26, 1864.
CAPTAIN : I improve the first moment my health will permit to
submit the following report of the part taken by the First Regi-
ment Michigan Sharpshooters in the late battle of the Wilderness,
and at Spotsylvania Court-House :
After crossing the Rapidan, and lying in line of battle on the
afternoon of the 5th instant, the reciment led the advance of the
corps, 2 a. m. of the 6th instant, and arrived at the extreme front at
7 a. m. Seven 'companies were immediately thrown out on picket
and skirmish lines to cover the space between the Fifth and Sixth
Corps, about 1 miles to the right of the plank road. Brisk skir-
mishing was immediately commenced, and kept up along the whole
line until about 2 p. m., when I received an order to withdraw with
the reserve companies immediately, and to withdraw the picket and
skirmish lines, as quickly and quietly as possible, and follow the rest
of the brigade in position on the extreme left of the field. While this
order was being executed, the enemy charged the retreating lines
with a largely superior force upon the whole front, and in the rear
of the left flank, driving my lines before them about 200 or 300
yards. They there rallied, repulsed the enemy, and withdrew in
good order, and with comparatively slight loss. As soon as the reg-
iment was reorganized it was placed in position to support the other
divisions of the corps, then actually engaged on the extreme left,
and very soon the four right companies were ordered forward to
support and protect the extreme right of the line, while one com-
pany was ordered forward as skirmishers and flankers on the ex-
treme left. These companies soon became hotly engaged, and par-
ticipated until the close of the battle. Company B did efficient
service in patrolling and organizing stragglers during the action.
On the 7th the regiment occupied the extreme left of our front line,
the pickets connecting with those of the Second Corps during the
*For continuation of report, see Vol. XL, Part I.