Our division went to the rear about 8 a. m., but in about an hour we moved forward into breastworks again, and lay there all day. The enemy were within firing distance.
At 10 p. m. we fell into line and marched all night, to the left.
The roads were in very bad condition, owing to the recent rains.
We crossed two small streams—the Po
and the Ny
—and halted at 6 a. m., having made but seven miles.
We did not do much this day, on account of the deep mud. The enemy shelled us, but we did not return the compliment.
By this time it must be understood the men had thrown away or lost their shelter tents, and had left behind almost everything of their outfits, except their rubber blankets.
At 9 p. m. we turned in, as often, under the open canopy of heaven.
We turned out at 7 a. m., keeping quiet all that day, but expecting an attack.
The enemy, however, made no demonstration.
Had a good night's sleep.
We were still at Spottsylvania
, for our progress had been in a circular direction.
The town, which consisted of a court house and a few other buildings, was two or three miles in front, where the enemy were.
There was very little firing.
Very warm weather.
We marched to the right and threw up more breastworks.
Pleasant and warm.
I was detailed for picket at 9 a. m. Our brigade moved to the left, and the pickets joined the regiment.
There was heavy cannonading, and shells were striking all around us. About 3 p. m. we moved to the right, and at 11 p. m. marched back to the breastworks which we built the night before.
Fighting that day was going on mostly upon our right.
We lay in the breastworks all day; pickets were drawn in at 5 p. m., when the Rebels
began to shell us. Our batteries opened on them, and they soon ceased firing.
The hard fighting on our right continued.
Early's Corps made a charge on our wagon train, which was in our rear, by coming around on our flank; our troops met and repulsed this charge, but there was a heavy loss on both sides.
The First Division of