some upon its right was intercepted by their advancing ranks, and they escaped capture by the confusion into which the rebels were thrown from the active fire of the batteries. To Lieut.-Col. Armstrong, Major Anthony, who I regret to say was seriously wounded, and Adjutant Green, I must again tender my thanks for valuable assistance in the field. They performed their several duties with the utmost coolness and determination, evincing a steadiness of purpose worthy of emulation. The regiment sustained a loss of four (4) killed, thirty-one (31) wounded, and six (6) missing, enlisted men, and one officer, Major Anthony, seriously wounded. I am, Captain, very respectfully your obedient servant,
Major Dawson's report.
camp of the Sixty-First Pennsylvania Vols., May 10, 1863.sir: I have the honor to report in relation to the part taken by the Sixty-first regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, in the late battle, that, agreeably to orders, the regiment broke camp at ten o'clock A. M., of the twenty-eighth day of April, and, with the brigade, marched to near Dr. Pollock's house, on the Rappahannock, where it remained bivouacked until about ten o'clock P. M., and was then detailed to carry pontoon-boats to the place designated for crossing; the regiment carried down five boats, and it was done in perfect silence and order. After launching the boats, the regiment marched to where their arms had been left, and was then ordered to the banks of the river, where it remained until the bridge was finished; it then marched to a hill a short distance from the river, and remained there bivouacked until about four o'clock P. M. of the first of May, and relieved a regiment of Brooks's division doing picket-duty, being under artillery and musketry fire several times during the day, until about six o'clock P. M., when two companies were deployed, in addition to the picket force, and the rebels were driven by them from their lines, back, and into their intrenchments on the hills. The regiment was relieved during the evening and bivouacked about half-past 10 P. M., and was, by orders, “failed in” and ready for the march in one hour and a half afterwards. At twelve midnight, the march was taken up for Fredericksburgh, arriving there about four o'clock A. M., of the morning of the third. At about ten A. M., the regiment was moved to Princess Anne street, and left there their knapsacks and haversacks, sacks, preparatory to heading a column to storm the heights in the rear of the town. About eleven o'clock the column was put in motion, the regiment leading. Arriving at near the rifle-pits of the enemy, a heavy fire from musketry and artillery was received. The regiment being in column, the proper time for deploying not yet arriving, the loss was heavy; and the fire, one of the heaviest that could be given, caused the regiment to waver for a few moments, when it rallied and successfully gained the crest of the hill, capturing one of the pieces of artillery belonging to the famous Washington battery, of Louisiana. In this charge, Colonel George C. Spear was instantly killed, Captains Crosby and Ellis, and Lieutenants Koerner and Harper wounded, and ten enlisted men killed, and fifty-four wounded. The regiment then under my command assisted the troops, under the command of Col. Shaler, in driving the enemy some three miles along the plank-road, and in the direction of Chancellorsville, capturing numbers of prisoners. As no account of them was taken, they being immediately sent to the rear, the precise number cannot be given. The regiment was relieved about four o'clock P. M., and was a short distance to the rear of the second line of battle during the heavy fight that took place about five o'clock. The regiment was moved up; until about dark it was in the first line, and was placed in support to Butler's Second United States battery, where it remained until nine o'clock A. M., of the fourth, when, with other regiments of the Light brigade, it was moved to the right, and in the direction of Banks's Ford, to feel for the enemy and keep open the communication with the ford. At about dusk the regiment, with another, was sent to support Howe's division, which was being heavily attacked. The regiment was under a heavy fire from musketry; fortunately, with little loss, Captain Crepps and five enlisted men being wounded. The design of the enemy, to cut our communication, being foiled, and he being instead driven back, the regiment took up its line of march toward the ford, and safely recrossed the Rappahannock at about one o'clock of the morning of the fifth. On the eighth the regiment was detailed to assist in hauling the pontoons from the banks of the river to a short distance back, which was done without molestation from the enemy. On the morning of the ninth the regiment was marched to its present camp. Before closing this report I would state that I am indebted to all my line-officers for the hearty, united, and determined support given me during all this time. Where all did their duty so well and nobly, it would not be correct to particularize. All deserve honorable mention. It gives me great pleasure, however, ever, to call attention to the daring conduct of private Robert Brown, of company K, who shot the lead-horse of the cannon captured by the regiment, thereby preventing its escape, and private James Robb, of company H, who seized the colors when the sergeant was wounded, and bore them until relieved by color-corporal William Taylor.