Gen. Perry^s Report of the Battle of Chancettorsvilte. 203
Report of Brigadier-General Perry of Battle of Chancellors rille.
[From original MS.]
HEADQUARTERS PERRY'S BRIGADE, May 9, 1863. To Major THOMAS S. MILLS, A. A. G. :
MAJOR : I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by my command, consisting of the Second and Eighth Florida regiments, in the recent engagements in Spotsylvania county :
On the evening of the 29th of April, in compliance with orders Trom division headquarters, I moved my command to the heights in front of Falmouth, and throwing my pickets out to the river bank, remained in line of battle until about 11 o'clock on the morning of the 1st of May, when, in obedience to orders from Major-General Anderson, I moved with my command up the Plank road, and into the Old Turnpike road. I advanced up this road until I came to our line of battle, held by Major-General McLaws, on the right. I then received an order from Major-General Mc- Laws to form my brigade on the right of Brigadier-General Wof- ford's brigade. This threw me some distance to the right of the Old Mine road. I at once formed my line of battle, and receiving information from Major- General McLaws that the enemy were advancing on the Old Mine road, I threw out skirmishers and so disposed my line as to enable me to command both the Old Mine road and the Dawson Mill road. Brigadier- General Wilcox soon coming up and forming his brigade on my right, I was relieved from giving further attention to the Dawson Mill road, and re- sumed my original line, my right regiment resting in the rifle-pits on the'left of the Dawson Mill road. About 5 o'clock P. M. I re- ceived orders from Major-General McLaws to double my line of skirmishers and advance. I did so for about one and one-half miles, encountering no enemy. I halted with Brigadier-General Wofford's brigade on my left. Brigadier-General Wilcox not re- ceiving orders to advance at the time, did not join my right. General Wofford having become disconnected from the line on his left, determined to bivouac for the night. Accordingly, I threw out a strong line of pickets and disposed my men for rest. They