ng, below Fredericksburg, but the enemy withdrew and no engagement ensued.
This was the first time the regiment was in line of battle preparatory to fighting.
The following day the troops for the first time fired on the enemy, a number of whom were in a boat below the city; all were killed except two or three who swam ashore.
About this time the soldiers were deprived of their tents and much suffering was caused by the extreme cold rains.
The command remained near Fredericksburg until May 25th, when it set out on a march, at sunset, in the direction of Hanover Junction, marching all night and all next day through mud, so that man of the soldiers lost their shoes and almost gave out from fatigue.
The regiment camped ten miles north of Richmond, May 27th, and afterwards did picket duty along the Chickahominy.
On the 14th of June the 38th was transferred to General Wm. D. Pender's Brigade, composed of the 38th North Carolina, Colonel W. J. Hoke; 34th North Carolina, Colonel R.