Headquarters Third Vermont Vols.
May 9th, 1863.
Sir: -- i have the honor to report the following as the part taken by my regiment in the battle near Banks' Ford, fought May 4th, 1863:
In the morning the regiment was placed to the right and rear of Captain Rigby's battery, as a support, and remained in that position until the commencement of the attack -- about 5 o'clock p.m. -- when it was marched by the flank to the left of the 6th Vermont Infantry, filling a gap between that and the 2nd Vermont, and here met and repulsed the attack of the enemy, and took a number of prisoners.
The regimen was afterwards ordered still farther to the left, and by the direction of Gen. Howe, was placed to the right of Butler's battery, and remained in that position until it was ordered to withdraw to the road running nearly at right angles with our first line of battle.
It was then marched, in the rear of the Brigade, to a point near Banks' Ford, and occupied ground to the left of the approach to the ford, and was one of the three regiments to cover the retreat, and the last to cross the river.
During the retirement of the 6th corps, the regiment was under the command of Lieut. Col. Pingree, while I was acting as Division Officer of the day, and covered the retirement of the Division, with the 2d, 3d and 6th Vermont regiments. During the action, both officers and men behaved well; all cheerfully did their duty. I feel that I should be doing injustice did I fail to make mention of the gallant services of Lieut. Col. Pingree and Maj. Nelson during the engagement. I appended a list of the killed and wounded.I have the honor to be, Very Respectfully, Your obedient servant, T. O. SEAVER, Co. 3rd Reg't Vermont Volunteers. Peter T. Washburn, Adjutant General, Woodstock, Vermont.