of satisfaction to know that the men of the Fifth Regiment who participated in this affair fought bravely and well, and did all that soldiers could do against a foe unequal in numbers.
Subjoined are the names of the officers and men who were taken prisoners of war, and are now in the hands of the enemy.*
I am, sir, with respect, your obedient servant,
HENRY T. SISSON,
Colonel, Commanding Fifth Regiment Rhode Island Artillery.
Brigadier General E. C. MAURAN,
Adjutant-General of Rhode Island.
MAY 4 JUNE 2, 1864.- Operations on the south side of the James River, Va.
SUMMARY OF THE PRINCIPAL EVENTS.+
May 4, 1864.-Advance of the Army of the James.
5-11, 1864.-Kautz's raid against the Petersburg and Weldon Railroad, including skirmishes at Birch Island Bridges, Blackwater River (6th), Stony Creek Station (7th), and Jarratt's Station and White's Bridge (8th).
6-7, 1864.-Engagement at Port Walthall Junction and Chester Station.
7, 1864.-Capture of U. S. gun-boat Shawsheen at Turkey Island.
9, 1864.-Engagement at Fort Clifton.
Skirmish at Ware Bottom Church.
Skirmish at Brandon (or Barnder's) Bridge.
Engagement at Swift Creek, or Arrow field Church.
10, 1864.-Destruction of Confederate torpedo station, James River, Va. Action at Chester Station.
12-16, 1864.-Engagement at Proctor's Creek and Drewry's Bluff (or Fort Darling.)
12-17, 1864.-Kautz's raid against the Richmond and Danville Railroad, including skirmish at Flat Creek Bridge, near Chula Depot (14th).
16, 1864.-Skirmish at Port Walthall Junction.
17-June 2, 1864.-Operations on the Bermuda Hundred front.
18, 1864.-Skirmish at Foster's Plantation.
Skirmish at City Point.
20, 1864.-Skirmish at Ware Bottom Church.
21, 1864.-Skirmsih at Fort Powhatan.
REPORTS, ETC. ++
THE UNION ARMY.
1.-Major General Benjamin F. Butler, U. S. Army, commanding Department of Virginia and North Carolina, of operations May 4-20.
2. -Return of Casualties in the Union Forces commanded by Major General Benjamin F. Butler, U. S. Army, May 5-31.
*Nominal list shows that 3 officers and 49 enlisted men were captured.
+Of some of the manor conflicts noted in this summary no circumstantial reports are on file; all such are designated in the Index.
++See also references to these operations in Grant's report, Part I. For reports of naval co-operation see Annual Report of the Secretary of the Navy, December 5, 1864.