breastworks since we started on this campaign, May 3.
This is known as the battle of Cold Harbor
We were more fortunate than the Second and Eighteenth Corps (Hancock
's and Baldy Smith
's), which had the brunt of the battle.
It will be remenbered that the Eighteenth Corps was part of General Butler
's army which joined us here, coming up from the South
Both corps were on our left.
There was a terrible fight on all that day till 9 p, m. We could hear the roar of it all. The Union loss was about ten thousand men. Later General Grant
acknowledged that the attack of Cold Harbor was a mistake.
At daybreak minie balls began to fly over our heads.
Our skirmish line advanced and drove the enemy into the woods.
About 6 o'clock that morning they charged Cutler
's Division of our corps, which was at our left, and the Thirty-ninth Massachusetts was ordered to their support.
The enemy was repulsed.
That day, the second day of Cold Harbor, the cannonading was heavy, although most of the time it was raining, but that night all was quiet.
About 4 in the morning an artillery fight began, which continued nearly all day. For noise and tumult this surpassed anything I had heard up to this time.
No one of Company E was injured.
The weather cleared at 5 p. m., and there was comparative quiet until the next morning.
We were on the move, towards the left, till about noon, and took up our position in the works which we built June 3.
All was quiet until 8 o'clock at night, when a fight began to the left of us; it lasted about an hour.
Rain which began at 5 p. m. kept up all night.
We turned out at 4 a. m. and moved to the right in the midst of rain.
Here we lay behind earthworks all day. Quiet prevailed until 8.30 p. m., when a charge was made upon our left.
This attack was repulsed after an hour's fighting.
At 9, or later, we moved again to the left, and halted at midnight near Cold Harbor, where we turned in for the night.
Monday, June 6.
We turned out at 7 a. m. The day was warm and pleasant.
At 6 p. m. orders came to be ready to march, but at 8 o'clock we were notified that we could pitch