CHAP. LIV.] THE RICHMOND CAMPAIGN. 109
October 27.—The First and Second Brigades of the division moved to
the right with a portion of the Eighteenth Corps. The Second Brigade
was temporarily attached to the Second Division. The First Brigade,
under command of Col. J. H. Holman, engaged the enemy in their
works on the Nine-Mile road. The command withdrew from their
advanced position on the evening of the same day, and on the following
day returned to their former position, which it now [October 31] occu-
[November.]—The division occupies the same position on the line as
at last report.
First Brigade, Third Division.
August 3.—The division reorganized and announced in General
Orders, No. 90, headquarters Third Division, Eighteenth Army Corps,
the First Brigade to consist of the First, Twenty-second, and Thirty-
seventh U. S. Colored Troops. The First and Twenty-second went into
camp near the signal tower on General Butler's line, and the Thirty-
seventh was on picket on the south side of the Appomattox River,
headquarters near the signal tower.
August 25.—Brig. Gen. William Birney assumed command of the
Third Division, Tenth Army Corps, and designated the First and
Twenty-second Regiments as his Second Brigade. He crossed the
Appomattox and the regiments lay in the trenches near the mine until
the 28th, when they were relieved and went into the trenches near the
The Thirty-seventh was ordered to Wilson's Wharf, and on the night
of September 1 the brigade headquarters were moved with the First
Regiment to Harrison's Landing.
September 1.—Brigade headquarters, with the First U. S. Colored
Troops, were ordered to Harrison's Landing, James River, Va., by
orders from headquarters Third Division Tenth Army Corps. Gen-
eral Birney, having assumed command of the Third Division, Tenth
Army Corps, designated the First and Twenty-second Regiments U. S.
Colored Troops as his Second Brigade, leaving the Twenty-second Reg-
iment U. -S. Colored Troops behind in General Birney's command. The
Thirty-seventh remained at Wilson's Wharf, Va., until the 28th, when
it joined the First U. S. Colored Troops at Harrison's Landing, and,
with brigade headquarters, proceeded to Deep Bottom, arriving on the
morning of the 29th, where the Twenty-second U. S. Colored Troops,
having been previously relieved from duty with the Third Brigade,
Tenth Army Corps, joined us, and our brigade formed in line on the
right and participated in the fight all day. At night the First Brigade
was ordered to the left and worked all night, throwing up works in
rear of the fort on Chaffin's farm.
September 30.—In the morning the enemy charged our line and the
fort. Our loss was slight.
[October.]—The troops of this brigade remained in the trenches in
their old position on the left until the morning of the 26th, when they
were withdrawn and marched to the rear some two miles, for the pur-
pose of getting rations and ammunition.
October 27.—Starting at 5 a. m., marched for the enemy's works in
front of Richmond in rear of the column. Arriving at the Williams-
burg road, we found the head of the column already engaged. The
brigade was soon ordered to proceed to the right across the York River
Railroad, and advanced up the Nine-Mile road until within sight of the