The dawn of March 25 was ushered in by the sullen roar of the hostile artillery at Fort Steadman, when Gen. Lee
made that morning the last attack upon the Union
lines which he ever had the audacity to make.
Every one was on the qui vive
. Gen. Humphreys
, with his accustomed promptitude, instantly took advantage of the enemy having depleted his forces to swell the column of attack on the right.
Shortly the Second Corps was in motion and early in the day threw itself with its traditional vigor and impetuosity upon the advanced lines of Lee
which were carried and held with small loss.
The Nineteenth Massachusetts regiment, for the first time in its history, became the spectators of a great action.
The First and Second Divisions being held in reserve, no loss was sustained by this regiment, which supported, for the greater part of the day, the Tenth Massachusetts Battery.
At dark, the Brigade moved out on the cross roads about two miles. At 11 P. M. returned to the works and lay on their arms until 3 A. M. of the 26th, when they returned to camp and occupied their old quarters.
On the night of the 28th it became known that the Army of the Potomac would move on the enemy's works the following day. That night the regiment went out on picket upon the advanced line near Hatcher's Run
, occupying ground held by the enemy on the morning of the 25th.
At 9 A. M. of the 29th the regiment moved to join the corps, being relieved by the One Hundredth New York and Eleventh Maine of the Fourth Corps.
At 11 A. M. rejoined the corps upon the ground formerly occupied by the Fifth Corps.
During the afternoon a rapid advance was made.
After heavy skirmishing the enemy abandoned their advanced line immediately in front of Dabney's Mills.
The Corps occupied these works during the night.
In the morning this regiment advanced with the Corps
in line of battle through woods and slashing about one mile, and occupied a crest of land at the Burgess House
, immediately in front of the salient of the enemy's interor line.
Here the men lay all day, during a heavy rain and constant skirmishing, without loss.
Part of the troops were engaged all day in throwing up works in the front.
On Friday, the 31st, the regiment moved to the left of the works, and moved still further to the left hourly during the day.