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We remained at Spotsylvania Courthouse until the 22d of May, when we took up our line of march, and on 23d crossed the North Anna river; taking our place in line, we rapidly covered our front with field works. May 27th, crossed the South Anna and entered Hanover county.

May 28 and 29, 1864, battle of Hanover county. Strength of company, 43; present, 28; sick, 3; wounded, 3; detailed, 7; captured, 2.

June 2nd and 3rd, battle of Cold Harbor. Strength of company, 43; present, 28; sick, 3; wounded, 3; detail, 7; captured, 2; wounded, 2.

June 13, 1864; left Turkey Ridge, crossed the Chickahominy and were placed in line on Frazier's farm. Battle of Frazier's Farm, June 13, 1864. Strength of company, 43; present, 26; sick, 3, wounded, 5; detail, 7; captured, 2; wounded, 1. Remained on Frazier's farm untill the 18th, when we crossed the James on pontoons, and bivouacked near Petersburg.

June 22, 1864; we engaged the enemy near Wilcox's farm, and our Brigade captured 2,000 prisoners, 1,500 stand of arms, 4 Blakley guns and 8 stands of colors. Strength of company, 43; present, 21; sick, 7; wounded, 5; detail, 7; on leave, I; captured, 2; conspicious for gallantry, 5.

The gallantry of Captain John Hobday on this occasion was conspicuous, and although his services were not duly appreciated, yet, it was through his sagacity that the enemy were flanked and defeated. With his small command of 21 men, he passed down the enemy's line, a distance of 200 yards, and demanded their surrender. Yet notwithstanding the neglect of his merit, never did his zeal falter, his love cool, nor the feverish impatience of his fiery spirit rebel. In his darkest hour it was his pride to know, that he merited honor if he did not receive it.

It was through the courage and gallantry of Charles N. Collins, that Major Charles R.. McAlpines life was saved, by killing the Federal officer who would have shot the Major.

That night we were ordered to return to camp near Petersburg, and there remain untill the next day.

June 23, 1864; Battle of Gurley house. Strength of company, 43; present, 18; sick, 8; wounded, 5; detail, 7; on leave, 1; captured, 2; under arrest, 2. Two men had deserted, leaving the strength of company 41. Returned to camp near Wilcox farm and remained there until July 30, 1864.

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