876 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CHAP. LIP.
brigades come over, making Field's full division. In the afternoon
Colonel Montague, with four regiments of Pickett's troops, pushes up
toward Fort Harrison.
September 30.—During last night Hoke came over with Kirkland's,
Clingman's, and Colquitt's brigades and Scales'. After reconnaissance
Fort Harrison is attacked by Law, Anderson, and Bratton, and Cling-
man and Colquitt. The attack is repulsed.
October 1.—Dispositions made for taking up a new line. A move-
ment of the enemy to our left up the Darbytown and Williamsburg
roads is discovered. Field, with Law's brigade and Montague's four
regiments, is hurried off. On arriving at the point we find Moore's and
Barton's brigades of reserves in the fortifications and the artillery at
work. Montague is left on the New Market road, and Law is posted
in the salient on the Darbytown road.
October 2.—Law and Montague are moved back to Chaffin's farm.
October 3 to 5.—No change of note.
October 6.—No change during the day. At night Field and Hoke
are taken out of the trenches and sent to the vicinity of Curry's house,
on the Darbytown road. Law's brigade was previously sent over to
October 7.—At sunrise we move down the Darbytown road with
Field and Hoke. The former encounters Kautz's cavalry in the exterior
trenches. With Anderson's and Bratton's brigades, and Gary and Law
on the Charles City road, the cavalry is drawn off, leaving us nine pieces
of artillery, ten caissons, and prisoners. Field's division is then thrown
to the left on the outside of the exterior line and Hoke on the inside of
it. After crossing a thick abatis and an almost impenetrable swamp,
the enemy is found in position near the New Market road. Field at
once attacks him, and Major Johnson has a spirited artillery combat.
Field's attack fails. Hoke cannot get at the enemy out of his trenches
and does not move. In the afternoon the troops are posted behind Cor-
nelius Creek. General Gregg killed; Bratton wounded.
October 8 and 9.—Quiet and without change.
October 10.—Field and Hoke move down in front of Cornelius Creek
and a line of rifle-pits formed. Gary puts two regiments on the left of
October 11 and 12.—Quiet. Troops occupied in strengthening their
October 13.—Early in the morning Gary's pickets are driven in on
the Charles City road. He has hastily to send for the mounted regi-
ment he had on the Nine-Mile road. A force of the enemy presses
Field's left and endeavors to turn it. The Texas and Law's brigades are
thrown rapidly to the left of the Darbytown road, and the others
moved up to it, Hoke closing in on Field. The day passes in efforts of
the enemy to feel our lines or break through them. The enemy's cavalry
on the Charles City road disappears, and by night everything is again
quiet, the enemy having retired. Gary's two dismounted regiments
were sent to him in the morning, two regiments of Bratton relieving
them. At night Field has four brigades on left, of Darbytown road
and Bratton on the right of it, Hoke touching his right, and Colquitt's
brigade, of his division, extending to New Market road.
October 14 to 18.—Are all without change of note.