812 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [Crier. LW.
covered with fallen timber and a thick growth of underbrush; but
the line advanced steadily and carried the work in good style,
capturing 2 pieces of artillery and about 50 prisoners, among them
a lieutenant-colonel and major. We also drove the enemy from a line
of rifle-pits connecting the captured fort with other forts. The regi-
ment was under fire during the entire day, and not a man but stood up
to his work manfully. Vermonters have been tried on many fields and
have never been found wanting, and you can rest assured the Ninth
will prove itself worthy of being numbered among the gallant repre-
sentatives of our noble little State. We yesterday received twenty-
three more recruits, which gives us an aggregate number of 1,150 men.
While writing the above I learn unofficially that Second Lieut. Cal-
vin M. Jenkins died of his wounds while on his way to Fort Monroe.
I am,' sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. C. BROOKS,
:Major, Commanding Ninth Vermont Volunteers.
PETER T. WASHBURN,
Adjutant and Inspector General of Vermont.
Report of Col. Harrison S. Fairchild, Eighty-ninth New York Infantry,
commanding Third Brigade, of operations October 27.
HDQRS. THIRD BRIG., SECOND DIV., 18TH ARMY CORPS,
In the Field, Va., October 29, 1864.
CAPTAIN : In pursuance to circular from headquarters Second Divis-
ion, Eighteenth Army Corps, dated the 29th instant, I have the honor
to report that this brigade, under my command, composed of Eighty-
ninth New York Volunteers, Lieut. Col. W. M. Lewis commanding;
Nineteenth Wisconsin Volunteers, Lieut. Col. R. M. Strong command-
ing; One hundred and forty-eighth New York Volunteers, Lieut. Col.
J. B. Murray commanding, left Cox's farm on the morning of the
27th instant and marched to the Williamsburg road, encountering the
enemy near Fair Oaks, when I formed a line of battle and advanced
upon their works. This brigade charged across an open field and got
near the works, but was repulsed. We found the enemy too strong,
and received an enfilading and direct fire of musketry and from six
pieces of artillAry. Having no support I was forced to retire. I held
my position until I brought in all the wounded except those who had
advanced near the works. It was impossible to get to them on account
of the concentrated fire of sharpshooters.
Lieut. Col. W. M. Lewis, commanding Eighty-ninth New York Vol-
unteers, Lieut. Col. R. M. Strong, commanding Nineteenth Wisconsin,
were both wounded—Volonel Strong supposed to be a prisoner. Capt.
E. D. Gage, commanding One hundred and forty-eighth New York
Volunteers in the action, was taken from the field mortally wounded—
I take pleasure in reporting the gallantry of both officers and men
of this brigade in this action. Although unsuccessful they did all men
could do under such heavy fire, we, numbering about 700 men, coping
with four times our number behind strong breast-works. I also make
mention of my staff, Capt. Otto Puhlmann, acting assistant adjutant-
general, Capt. Paul L. Higgins, acting assistant inspector-general,