774 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C [cru.p. LIV.
enemy and occasioned a brisk fire, which wounded a number of men.
At 9.20 a. m. I withdrew my line to the rebel picket-pits (which my
men reversed), leaving several men from each company at the edge of
the slashing to keep up the occasional fire ordered. At 2.15 p. m. I
withdrew these men from the edge of the slashing, by order from Gen-
eral Birney. At 3 p. m. the skirmishers of the Second Division having
fallen back, I followed their movements. By a mistake in transmitting
my orders along the line, I and F Companies remained on the line fifteen
minutes after the rest of our skirmish line had retired, when they dis-
covered that they were all alone and fell back (being fired upon by the
enemy, who was pushing out his skirmishers) just as I was returning
for them by order of General Birney. The regiment being assembled, I
marched to camp with the brigade. No men could have performed
what we had to do better than both my officers and men did it.
I had 1 man killed and 1 officer and 30 men wounded.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
LLEWELLYN F. HASKELL,
Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Regiment.
Lieut. J. E. LOCKWOOD,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
Report of Capt. Edwin S. Babcock, Ninth U. S. Colored Troops, of oper-
ations September 29-30.
HDQRS. NINTH REGIMENT U. S. COLORED TROOPS,
Near Aiken's, north side of James, October 1, 1864.
CAPTAIN: I have the honor to submit the following report of the
share taken by this command in the operations of the 29th and 30th
The regiment left its bivouac at Deep Bottom about 5 a. m. of the
29th and moved toward the New Market road, nearly a mile, when it
was formed in brigade column of battalions, deployed in the edge of the
woods, while the enemy was dislodged from his first line. We experi-
enced a considerable shell fire at this point, but with slight loss. The
march was resumed on the New Market road until the brigade halted,
about 12 m., at the enemy's second line and rested for the space of two
hours, when the column again advanced up the road a short distance
and the regiment moved by your orders into the woods on the left;
thence across a small road (understood to be the Mill road) and formed
in a shallow ravine to charge a redoubt of the enemy's, distant about
1,500 yards. Four left companies (C, G, K, and E) were deployed for-
ward as skirmishers, under command of Capt. D. G. Risley; the
remainder advanced in line of battle. The charge was begun the
moment we reached the crest of the ravine and the regiment was imme-
diately subjected to a very severe artillery fire, enfilading the line
on both flanks. After advancing about half way to the point of attack,
finding the distance unexpectedly great, the men exhausted, and the
line somewhat shaken, I ordered the regiment to halt, lie down, and
reform, and returned in person to the cross-road and reported to the
general commanding for additional instructions, and I went back to
the regiment with instructions to attack the fort which enfiladed us on
the right. This, however, was already attempted by Capt. H. S.