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In September we were ordered to encamp near Clark's Mountain, and remained there until October 8th.

At Bristoe Station, Orange and Alexander Railroad, October 14, 1863. Strength of company, 45; present, 31; absent, sick, 3; absent on detail, 7; absent on leave, 1; captured, 2.

Returned to Clark's Mountain, and remained there until we advanced towards the Wilderness and engaged the enemy at Mine Run December 2, 1863. Strength of company, 45; present, 32; absent, sick, 2; absent, wounded, 1; absent on detail, 8; captured, 2. Returned to camp on Bell's farm, Orange county, and there remained until January, 1864. January 5th, advanced towards the Wilderness. On 6th May, 1864, we were placed in line of battle, and advanced on the enemy. The Yankee General Wardsworth was killed in front of our line. Lieutenant-General Longstreet was wounded, and General Jenkins, of South Carolina, was killed, both in front of our line by our troops. So much for bad generalship.

Battle of the Wilderness, May 6, 1864. Strength of company, 45; present, 36; absent, sick, 2; wounded, 1; detailed, 7; captured, i; on leave, 1; conspicuous for gallantry, 3; wounded, 1. It was in this battle that the gallant and faithful soldier, Elvin K. Casey, lost his arm.

On our march towards Spotsylvania Courthouse, Sunday, May 8th, we were assailed near a place called Shady Grove, and after a brief delay, repulsed the enemy. We moved on, and bivouacked only a short distance in advance of the scene of that conflict.

Battle of Shady Grove, Sunday, May 8, 1864. Strength of company, 45; present, 33; absent, sick, 2; absent, wounded, I; detailed, 1; captured, I; on leave, 1; wounded, 1; conspicuous for gallantry, 1.

On the morning of May 9th we reached the field of the approaching battle, and being placed in line, proceeded rapidly to cover our front with a line of field works. On the 12th we engaged the enemy at Spotsylvania Courthouse.

Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse. Strength of company, 44; present, 31; sick, 2; wounded, 1; detailed, 7; captured, 1; on leave, 1; wounded, 2; mortally wounded, 1; conspicuous for gallantry, 5. William F. Butt, a good man and reliable soldier, was mortally wounded. Lieutenant-Colonel William F. Neimeyer was killed, which promoted Captain McAlpine and Lieutenant John Hobday, the one as major and the other as captain. The conspicuous gallantry of private Albert Powell deserves much praise. Our regiment in this battle charged three lines of field works and captured each.

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