106 OPEEATI0e1S IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CHAP. UV.
p. m. of the 28th, when, in obedience to orders, the brigade moved
back to camp and occupied its old position, where it remains at the
time of forwarding this report [October 31].
October 13.—Division took part in reconnaissance on Darbytown
October 27 and 28.—In reconnaissance near the Kell house, Va.
In both reconnaissances only the skirmish lines of the division were
engaged with the enemy.
[November.—This division has been stationed near the New Market
road, near Richmond, Va., since last return,
First Brigade, Third Division.
September 24.—The brigade was withdrawn from the trenches in
front of Petersburg, Va.
September 28.—Moved across the Appomattox and James Rivers to
Deep Bottom, Va.
September 29.—Moved out from Deep Bottom. In the afternoon
participated in an assault on Fort Gilmer, a rebel earth-work near
Chaffin's farm, which was unsuccessful.
September 30.—Took part in engagement at Fort Harrison, Chaffin's
farm, in which the enemy were repulsed, with loss. The loss of the
brigade in these two engagements amounted to 434 officers and men.
[October.]—Engaged in two reconnaissances to the right.
October 13.—Darby town road: 1 officer—Second Lieut. J. G. Kribs,
Ninth U. S. Colored Troops—wounded, 2 enlisted men killed and 10
wounded. Returned to camp same day.
October 27 and 28.—Kell's house: Brigade slightly engaged in skir-
mishing. Losses, 1 officer—Capt. A. H. Cheney, Seventh U. S. Colored
Troops—slightly wounded and 1 enlisted man killed and 32 wounded.
Remainder of time have been engaged in regular routine of camp life.
Second Brigade, Third Division.
October 6.—The brigade was formed and commanded by Lieutenant-,
Colonel Armstrong, Ninth U. S. Colored Troops, who was relieved, in
accordance with Special Orders, No. 16, headquarters Third Division,
by Col. U. Doubleday, of the Forty-fifth U. S. Colored Troops, October
8, 1864, and he in turn was relieved by Col. E. Wright, Tenth U. S.
Colored Troops, who assumed command in compliance with Special
Orders, No. 27, headquarters Third Division, Tenth Army Corps, Octo-
ber 29, 1864.
October 12.—The brigade, under Colonel Doubleday, with the rest of
the corps, went on a reconnaissance a short distance beyond the Kell
house, but returned without doing anything.
October 13.—Went on a reconnaissance on the Darbytown road in
company with most of the corps. At night, after skirmishing all day,
fell back in good order, having lost during the day in killed and
October 27.—This brigade, with the First Brigade, was on the left of
the Tenth Corps and occupied the woods in front of the Kell houSe.
Skirmished all day and all night, when relieved by the First Brigade.
Lost during the day about 70 killed and wounded.