456 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CHAP. XLVIII.
road before mentioned. During the rest of the afternoon the regi-
ment was placed in reserve near the road, being occasionally moved
as different points were threatened. In the evening we were moved
a short distance up the road, and were engaged most of the night in
constructing breast-works along the west side of the road. Our
force in this day's engagement was 18 officers and 300 enlisted men.
On the 7th, 8th, and 9th we were formed in line of battle at vari-
ous points, changing our position more to the southwest. About
dark on the evening of the 9th we crossed the River Po near Mr.
Giles Graves' house and encamped for the night. The next morning
our division had recrossed the river, sand went to the support of the
Fifth Corps. We marched by a circuitous route to the left, where
we lay for some time exposed to a heavy shell fire in rear of part of
the Fifth Corps. Soon our brigade was in line of battle. We ad-
vanced over the line of breast-works, behind which lay part of the
corps we were supporting, and charged forward against the enemy.
Our advance was through a tangled road, difficult to pass in order,
dispersing our men, and obliging us to halt occasionally to reform
our line. To add to the difficulty, the woods were on fire for some
distance over which we had to pass. At times the heat of the fire
was suffocating. Our men, however, moved bravely forward, under
cover of the woods, to within about 50 paces of the enemy's works,
which opened upon us a galling fire. Unable to advance farther,
we opened fire upon such of the enemy as could be seen, and main-
taining our position for about six hours, when, our ammunition being
exhausted, we were relieved- and lay in the second line, still in front
of the breast-works, all that night and the next day. Our force in
this engagement was 11 officers and 220 enlisted men. About mid-
night we marched eastward with our corps to the right of the rebel
position, where about daylight on the 12th an assault was made upon
the enemy's works. We were in the second line, and passed over
the rebel intrenchments directly after a portion of the First Divis-
ion, which preceded us. We captured a great number of prisoners,
which we sent to the rear in charge of Captain Nichols. We pur-
sued the flying enemy for about a quarter of a mile, when I found
our men becoming scattered, our colors in advance of any other
troops, and the fire from the enemy's second line of works becoming
serious. The rebels had also rallied and were advancing a line of
battle in our front. I therefore ordered our men to fall back to the
first line of works. In this first line were the enemy's cannon, which
were all captured. Many of these guns were turned on the enemy.
Two of them were worked by men of the Fourteenth, under the
direction of Lieutenant-Colonel Moore and Lieutenant Morgan.
These guns were drawn off by our men. Our force in this engage-
ment was 8 commissioned officers and 200 enlisted men. The regi-
ment was afterward moved to the left during the day and lay in the
rebel intrenchments all night.
The 13th and 14th were passed in the same vicinity with slight
changes of position. About dark on the evening of the 14th our
brigade was marched westward to another line of rifle-pits to resist
an expected attack. The Fourteenth remained in the works in line
of battle. On the night of the 17th, the regiment being on picket,
it was formed into a skirmish line with some two or three other regi-
ments and advanced upon the enemy's position. The whole of the
18th was passed upon the skirmish line, the reginient being at times
under a shell fire, but meeting with no casualties. We were relieved