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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Engagement at Jone's Bridge- June 22, 1864



June 22- Reveille at 3.30. Boots and saddles at 3.45. At 10 a.m. marched via Baltimore Crossroads, Mt. Olivet Church and Jones Bridge on the Chickahominy. Found a small force of the enemy at the bridge attempting to destroy it. These were quickly driven away by the advance the bridge repaired and the regiment crossed over followed by the division and marched two miles beyond the regiment going on picket to hold the different roads leading to James River. 
June 23d- In the morning the Ninth New York was ordered to move on to Charles City CH. and patrol the road to Windham's Landing and Wilcox's Wharf. Devin, with the rest of the brigade, had moved up the south side of the Chickahominy toward Long Bridge. At 1 p.m. the pickets of the Sixth New York, under Captain Wales, were suddenly attacked by a large force and driven; in the regiment went at once to their support and a sharp action took place, the enemy being much superior in numbers. Soon the Fourth New York and Seventeenth Pennsylvania and six companies of colored troops just from the White House came to their support and a fierce but short engagement ended in the entire rout of the enemy which proved to be Chambliss brigade. Drove them back two or three miles and then returned. The casualties in the regiment were quite heavy among the killed being Corporals Samuel A Fanshaw and David Phillips of Troop I and Sergeant Samuel May wounded.

 -History of the Sixth New York Cavalry: (Second Ira Harris Guard) Second Brigade -- First Division -- Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac, 1861-1865
Compiled by Hillman Allyn Hall, William B. Besley, Gilbert Guion Wood
Blanchard Press, 1908

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