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We all started from our camp at Brandy Station at four o’clock at the morning of may well 4th and crossed the Rapidan earlier than evening and bivouacked at the heights in this facet that evening. day after today we moved a brief distance into the barren region the place we observed the standard indicators of a pending struggle. we went into line of conflict and waited, or quite moved around from position to put, until eventually approximately four o’clock PM It was once thick woods and a guy might rarely make his manner via. At four o’clock we moved ahead in line of conflict and shortly came across the enemy who opened fireplace upon us. We fought them in our traditional kind, and in a really short while the previous tenth misplaced one Officer killed + four wounded and 15 males killed + 86 wounded. The names of the officials are Lt Ashley Co I killed Lt Graves (K) Lt Midgely (H) Lt Eaton (F) Lt Eldridge (E) we have been relieved and the struggle went on and our forces drove the scamps approximately half of one mile and it then grew to become darkish. we went again to the line and replenished our ammunition and went again back. We lay down with out blanket and shivered in the course of the evening and have been aroused approximately four o’clock via the roar of musketry and needed to fall in with none breakfast. The conflict quickly grew to become common and lasted all day neither facet gaining a lot virtue yet either wasting millions of fellows. at the present time we didn't get into front line and misplaced yet three or four males and Capt Shurtleff wounded within the arm. evening got here on and we lay down and we proposal to have a nights relaxation, yet I had simply simply lain down while an order got here to fall in and away we went to hitch the first + third Divisions of our Corps. We have been indifferent as ordinary to perform a little struggling with with different Corps. the next day to come we all started at four o’clock AM and spent the day maneuvering around and marching within the scorching solar yet didn't get any combating. At eight o’clock PM we begun and marched all evening, arriving at Chancellorsville within the morning presently after dawn. Our Corps had misplaced as much as this time 8000 males. After a halt of approximately five mins we have been began at the Spottsylvania C H street and marched till approximately 2 o’clock PM once we have been halted and anticipated to sleep all evening, yet very quickly we have been ordered to fall in and marched off directly to a variety of hills the place we observed the standard symptoms of conflict in mangled males delivered to the rear on stretchers and the woods both sides of the line full of the mingled our bodies of lifeless Rebels and Union squaddies. We have been halted and lay down within the woods a little while after we have been assigned our place, first to aid a battery after which to shape a part of a storming occasion and to take a few hills on our entrance. Our Regt and the 2d RI shaped the left of the road and needed to go a swamp of tangled briers and dirt knee deep and ahead of lets succeed in our place, the 1st line complex and we took our areas within the 2d and complicated in addition to shall we via a dense thicket, yet shall we no longer sustain our reference to the remainder of the road, and because the try failed we being on decrease swampy flooring didn't see while the remainder fell again, and accordingly have been left some distance prior to the remainder of the department.