engaged as skirmishers and supports of the batteries.
From this time forward until the 5th of May, when the works were occupied by the national troops, the regiment was almost daily under the fire of the enemy.
Upon the retreat of the Rebels up the Peninsula, the Army of the Potomac followed in pursuit,— one portion, and the larger, marching by land,—and the other portion, which included the Eighteenth Massachusetts, and as under General Franklin, being carried by water in transports to West Point.
From White House the united army marched to the Chickahominy.
The plan of the campaign contemplated a junction of the Army of the Potomac with the force under McDowell, who was to come down from Fredericksburg.
In pursuance of this plan, the corps under General Porter, to which Lieutenant Russell and his regiment belonged, having been thrown out, for the purpose of meeting McDowell, to a position on the extreme right, came into collision with a large Rebel force at Hanover Court-House,