702 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. (CHAP. LIV.
regiment in the heat of the action, and of Corpl. W. Edward Chick,
Company I, who was amongst the foremost in the charge and captured
the horse of a rebel officer.
The color bearers, Sergt. J. M. Moore and Corpl. A. M. Ross, selected
for bravery amongst brave men, acquitted themselves with most dis-
I have the honor to be, captain; very respectfully, your obedient
Lieut. Col. Bighty-fifth Pennsylvania Vols., Commanding.
Capt. R. 0. PHILLIPS,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Colonel Howell's Brigade.
Reports of Col. Joseph a Abbott, Seventh New Hampshire Infantry,
commanding Second Brigade, of operations September 28-October 7
and October 27-28.
HDQRS. SECOND BRIG., FIRST DIV., TENTH ARMY CORPS,
Laurel Hill, Va., October 10, 1864.
SIR: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part
taken by the Second Brigade in the late movements north of the James:
At about 3 p. m. of September 28 I marched from near Petersburg,
crossing the pontoon bridge on the Appomattox a little after dark,
thence to Deep Bottom, where, crossing the pontoon over the James, I
bivouacked at about 2 a. m. I was in line at 4 a. m. pursuant to orders
from Brevet Major-General Terry,commauding the division, and marched
out from Deep Bottom toward the Kingsland road, and came into line of
battle on that road, fronting the New Market road and heights. Hav-
ing thrown out the Seventh Connecticut, Capt. S. S. Atwell command-
ing, as skirmishers I advanced, following the skirmishers at about 250
yards toward the enemy's works on the New Market road. Between
my first position and those works there was a difficult ravine and
swamp, and my line was enfiladed by a sharp artillery fire from the
enemy's battery on my right. Captain Atwell having reported that
the enemy's works were well manned, and the skirmishing being sharp,
I strengthened the skirmish line by sending forward the Third New
Hampshire, Maj. J. F. Randlett commanding, with orders to press for-
ward strongly, while I followed with the -main line as before. Major
Randlett having reported that the enemy were advancing on my left
and massing in front, I went forward to the skirmish line to make an
examination. I ordered him again to press forward and at once
advanced the main line. Just at that time Paine's division commenced
a vigorous attack upon the enemy upon my left, which was successful,
and as my line advanced into the open ground, the enemy evacuated
their works in my front, having a few minutes previous taken off their
artilleny from the height on my extreme right. I advanced into the
works, the Third New Hampshire occupying the deserted battery
on the right. The loss here was 1 officer mortally wounded and 10
men wounded, nearly all on the skirmish line. I commend highly Cap-
tain Atwell, who first advanced the skirmish line, and Major Randlett,
who went to its support, for coolness, courage, and judgment. I then,
pursuant to orders from General Terry, advanced along the New Mar-