CHAP. LIV.i THE RICHMOND CAMPAIGN. 871
Report of Maj. John W. Fairfax, Assistant Adjutant and Inspector Gen-
eral, C. S. Army, of operations September 30—October 1.
HDQRS. LONGSTREET7S CORPS, ARMY OF NORTHERN VA.,
Ball's House, October 4, 1864.
COLONEL: I have the honor to report that there were 469 prisoners
of war captured on the north side of the James on the 30th of Septem-
ber and 1st of October, including 16 officers and 118 negroes sent to
Richmond. In addition thereto there were 134 wounded, left at Field's
I am, colonel, with great respect, your obedient servant,
JNO. W. FAIRFAX,
Major, Assistant Adjutant and Inspector General.
All are included up to the fourth day.
Lieut. Col. W. H. TAYLOR,
Report of Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet, C. S. Army, commanding First
Army Corps, of operations October 19-27.
HDQRS. FIRST CORPS, ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,
COLONEL: 011 the 19th of October, having partially recovered from my
wound received at the battle of the Wilderness, I reported for duty and
assumed command of the troops on the north side of the James River,
consisting of the Local Defense troops, commanded by Lieutenant-Gen-
eral Ewell, Hoke's division, Field's division, and Gary's brigade of cav-
alry, as well as Pickett's division, holding the lines from the James
River to Swift Creek. General Ewell's command was in position in the
trenches between the river and Fort Gilmer, General Hoke between the
New Market and the Darbytown roads, and General Field took up the
line to the Charles City road, both along the line of works which had
been thrown up, connecting Fort Gilmer with the exterior line of the
Charles City road. General Gary was picketing the White Oak Swamp,
the crossings of which had been obstructed, and had the main body of
his cavalry to the left of and back of the outer line of works.
On the 25th of October I was advised of the crossing of heavy bodies of
the enemy to the north side of the river, continuing until the morning of
the 27th. General Field was directed to throw a strong regiment across
the Charles City road, and every effort was made to strengthen my
works and dispose of the force at my command so as to cover the long
line I had to defend as well as possible.
Early on the morning of the 27th it became evident that the enemy
was moving to my left, and about 9 o'clock heavy skirmishing, amount-
ing in some places almost to attacks, was opened along my line from
the New Market to the Charles City roads. Under cover of this fire
the enemy pushed a column through the White Oak Swamp, cutting
out the obstructions at Hobson's Crossing (a point about one mile and