996 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CRAP. XLVIII.
rear guard of infantry, I dismounted a portion of my command and
deployed them in and in front of the intrenchments as skirmishers.
In that way I moved forward about one-half mile, after giving
orders to the officers in charge of the horses to come forward and
keep near the dismounted men. The officer in charge of one com-
pany (G) did as ordered, kept near the skirmishers under the crest
of a ridge, and came along safely, but those of Companies E, F,
and L, in charge of Lieutenant Beeby, for some unexplained reason,
did not follow, and those together with Lieutenant Beeby and the
men that remained with him are missing. Upon learning that the
lieutenant did not come forward, I immediately sent out scouting
parties, at first 6 men and a, sergeant, and afterward 10 men, who
volunteered to go in search of the missing horses and. men. Both
parties returned and reported that they could find nothing of either.
Believing that Lieutenant Beeby had taken some other road into the
lines of the army, I moved forward and reported to Major-General
Hancock, near Todd's Tavern. I was then ordered to join the re-
mainder of my command that had preceded me at Fredericksburg,
where I arrived this day. In these two days' marching and skirmish-
ing my regiment lost 3 men killed, 8 wounded, and 96 men and 1 offi-
cer missing, besides 1 officer known to be a prisoner. I also lost 27
horses killed, 241 missing, and 4 died of fatigue and want of forage.
It may be proper to state that for various reasons I am of the opin-
ion that the men and horses in charge of Lieutenant Beeby are still
in the U. S. service.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Major, Comdg. Twenty-Second New York Cavalry.
Commanding Army of the Potomac.
Reports of Maj. Gen. William F. Smith, U. S. Army, commanding
Eighteenth Army Corps, of operations May 29-June 12.
HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH CORPS,
June 2, 1864.
GENERAL : I have the honor to report that yesterday at 4.30 p. m.
the Eighteenth Corps assaulted the enemy's lines in front and car-
ried them at all points. The Third Division, under the command
of Brig. Gen. Charles Devens, consisting of brigades of Colonel
Drake and Colonel Barton, charged across an open field, 1,250 yards
in width, swept by a cross-fire of the enemy's artillery, carried the
edge of the woods, and drove the enemy from their intrenchments,
which were protected by slashings and entanglements, taking some
250 prisoners, which in the haste of the moment were sent to the
headquarters Sixth Corps. The division of General Ricketts, com-
ing up on the left, aided General Devens in holding the pits so gal-
lantly taken. A very few minutes after Colonel Henry, command-
ing Third Brigade, First Division, Eighteenth Corps, charged the
enemy's lines on the right of my front, and after a short but severe
struggle carried them, but was unable to hold them, owing to the
fact that a redoubt of the enemy behind his rifle-pits completely