The teams came up, and the officers got at their valises.
This was the first all day's rest since May 3.
We lay here (near Cold Harbor) all day. About neon orders came for us to pack up, but for some reason we did not march.
At 6 p. m. we made camp, and turned in at 9.
A quiet, restful day; some of the men drew new clothing.
Another quiet day, warm; the teams came up again; nothing doing.
Another day of quiet.
Once in a while we hear the boom of a cannon, but it does not trouble us. The enemy are within one-half mile of our front.
Doubtless some of their troops, as well as our own, were in motion somewhere, but we did not know of it.
We lay in our works all day; received a mail from home; turned in at 10 p. m.
We were called out at 3 in the morning, to march at 6, a distance of eight miles. We halted at 11 a. m. near Bottom's Bridge, on the Chickahominy River
. Company B and Company H (mine) were detached for picket, and were stationed two miles from the bridge.
I wrote hone and enclosed a Richmond Whig of May 20.
(It is to-day in a good state of preservation.)
We returned from picket at 11 a. m., and our regiment had an inspection by the brigade commander, Colonel Peter Lyle
, of the Ninetieth Pennsylvania.
This lasted a half-hour, after which we were ordered to fall in and stack arms.
At 6 p. m. we were on the march again till 10.30 that night, when we halted for supper.
This was a fine day, but pretty hot.
We resumed our march at 1 a. m., and crossed the Chickahominy
near Long Bridge
on pontoons just before daylight.
There was some slight skirmishing.
At 6 a. m. we marched for two hours, covering about two miles only, and formed in line of battle.
We were now in White Oak Swamp
, between the James River
and the Chickahominy
, and the skirmishing was lively.
While the enemy were shelling us we threw up breastworks.
It seems that they had charged on the right of our division in the forenoon, and our Third Brigade had given