moved at 9 a. m., under orders not to speak a word above a whisper.
This was a hard march.
About 1 o'clock we recrossed the North Anna
, and at 2.30 p. m. halted to draw three days rations, which we were told must last for six days. An hour later we moved again, and marched almost continuously till 8 o'clock the next morning, when we halted for breakfast.
At 11 a. m. the march was resumed.
(All this marching was a left flank movement.) At 7 p. m. we arrived at Hanover town.
This ended a hard march of twenty-two hours. We had not had our clothes off in twenty-four days. No one thought of washing his face much less of taking a bath.
It can be imagined in what a filthy condition we were.
This state of things lasted from May 4 to June 16.
We turned out at 4 and marched at (6, crossing the Pemunky River near Newcastle
We halted three miles from the river, built breastworks, and passed the night.
was about fifteen miles from us.
The march was resumed at 10 a. m., and two miles were covered.
Our regiment passed along the line of works to the extreme left, to guard some crossroads; here breastworks were constructed, and the regiment went on picket.
It added to the discomfiture that we were out of rations.
The regiment came off picket duty and rejoined the brigade, which had been left alone, at 8 a. m., and after a short march we overtook the main column.
The enemy had been found near Bethesda Church, and our troops were placed in line of battle.
Our regiment was assigned its position, skirmishers were thrown out, and works thrown up. In the afternoon the skirmishers engaged with the enemy, and were able to hold their line.
This was to be the condition of things for our regiment until June 5.
We were in line of battle early, and some skirmishing took place.
was detailed to go on the line.
For the benefit of the uninitiated, it is explained that the officer and his men, five paces apart, are supposed to push as near the enemy as possible, nearer, of course, in the woods than in open ground; every man seizes his opportunity from rocks or trees to move up nearer.