884 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [Casp. xLvm.
White Oak Swamp and Riddle's Shop. By 2 p. m. this movement
became apparent. The rebel cavalry attacked Chapman about 4
p. in., but were repulsed. At 6 p. m. a heavy line of infantry with
artillery moved against him, and compelled his troops to give way.
The rebels did not press their advantage, and soon after dark Craw-
ford's division retired in the direction of Charles City Court-House
to join the main army. About 9 p. m. a few prisoners were brought
in from Wilcox's division, from whom I learned that the rebel in-
fantry had been busily engaged after crossing White Oak Swamp
in constructing intrenchments to resist the farther approach of the
national army toward Richmond. Everything having become quiet
?ª at 11 p. m. I directed Colonel Chapman to withdraw in the direction
of Saint Mary's Church, on the Charles City Court-House road, and
from that point picket the roads toward White Oak Swamp and Rich-
mond. He arrived at Naney's Shop, near Saint Mary's Church, at
2 a. m., and bivouacked. At daylight the brigade continued the
march, by the way of Phillips' house, to Westover Church, where it
received supplies. In the afternoon the rebel cavalry made a dash
at Chapman's pickets on the road to Saint Mary's Church, but were
driven back by the Twenty-second New York. Late in the evening
he moved the brigade to Phillips' house, with orders to open com-
munication with the First Brigade, and keep a sharp lookout for the
From the evening of June 12 till 2 a. m. of the 14th McIntosh's
brigade covered the rear of the army, crossed the Chickahominy at
Long Bridge, and on the afternoon of the 14th reached Charles City
Court-House. His brigade was immediately ordered to Saint Mary's
Church, and returned in that direction, driving the enemy's cavalry
before it. On the 15th and 16th both brigades were kept unceas-
ingly active in making demonstrations from Phillips' house and
Saint Mary's Church upon the enemy between White Oak Swamp
and Malvern Hill. From prisoners taken it was learned that Lee
had also begun crossing his army by Drewry's Bluff and Richmond
to the south side of the James.*
I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. H. WILSON,
Brevet Major-General, U. S. Volunteers.
Lieut. Col. J. W. FORSYTH,
Chief of Staff, Middle Military Division.
Report of Capt. Louis Siebert, Assistant Adjutant-General, U. S.
Army, of operations of the Third Division, May 3-9.
HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS,
December 20, 1864.
GENERAL : Colonel Purington mentioned to me this p. m. your
desire to have some data and information of the doings of this divis-
ion at the commencement of the campaign last spring up to the
time of our starting on the great raid. In the absence of any other
records I have the honor to send you extracts from my own note-
book, as follows :
*For continuation of report, see Vol, XL, Part 1,