n proportion to their respective strength, and put in charge of Captain John G. Knox, of the 7th, who was a cool, brave and popular officer, and a splendid tactician.
They were excused from all camp and picket duties, and thoroughly drilled in their special duties.
When the following campaign opened, this corps was as fine a body of soldiers as the world ever saw.
In the Wilderness, on the 5th of May, 1864, the brigade was assigned a position on the left of the road near the home of a Mr. Turning, and the corps was pushed far to the front.
Soon afterwards, the brigade was ordered to form at right angles to its original position for the purpose of sweeping the woods in front of another command.
The corps returned at a double quick and deployed while the brigade was taking its new position.
The enemy opened, and the corps dashed forward, poured a destructive fire into them, killed a large number and captured one hundred and forty-seven, including eight commissioned officers.