938 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CRAP. LIV.
etrating to a point in the rear of my skirmishers. My left company
was thus cut off and, with the exception of one man, captured. After
shelling our position heavily for an hour he withdrew and shifted his
forces toward our left. We executed a corresponding cr movement.
On the following day brisk skirmishing ensued, but regiment was
not regularly engaged.
My losses in the aggregate amounted to 3 men wounded and 1 officer
and 18 men missing.
On the 23d of August we returned to Petersburg, and were engaged
until the 28th of September in throwing up field-works in its vicinity.
On that day the enemy attacked Battery Harrison, near Chaffin's Bluff,
and carried it by storm. We were immediately ordered to that point
and arrived on the 29th.
On morning of the 30th preparations were made to regain the fort,
which lasted until midday, when the attack began. We were then
1,000 yards from the point to be carried. Immediately the regiment on
my left began to double-quick, which soon increased to a run, thus ex-
hausting the men and wasting their energies at a time when both should
have been economized for the struggle on the parapet. I was opposed
to this, but, believing it to be an order, acquiesced. The enemy shortly
opened fire on us, which increased in effect every moment and soon
began to tell fearfully in the ranks. At this critical moment the bri-
gade which preceded us gave way, and rushing through our line caused
immediate confusion. Added to this the village of soldiers' huts which
lay in our track oftered the temptation to skulk, which many failed to
resist, and which was impossible in the confusion to prevent. With
those of my men who still adhered to their colors I continued to ad-
vance until I attained a Roint within sixty yards of the fort. Here,
owing to the little support which was accorded to me by the remainder
of the brigade, I ordered a halt and began firing to divert my men.
I waited here for ten or fifteen minutes for re-enforcements, but their
failure to come up and the fearful destructiveness of the enemy's fire
impressed me with the necessity of falling back, which I accordingly
did. I rallied my men at the earliest practicable moment and reported
to the brigadier-general commanding, who instructed me to return to
my position of the morning. A short time afterward I was ordered to
advance again on the enemy, bearing to the left so as to strike his
works on the right of Colonel Walker's regiment, which was reported
as having gained them. I executed this order, but discovered no enemy
this side of the fort, the flank work having been manned by only a
line of skirmishers, who were driven from it by Law's brigade before
the arrival of Walker. After dark we were withdrawn to our old
My losses in this engagement amounted to 3 officers and 10 men
killed, 9 officers and 62 men wounded.
Two days later we threw up a line of works in advance of our old
position. In doing this I had 1 man killed and 2 wounded.
At sunrise on the morning of the 7th of October we attacked the enemy
on the Darbytown Pass and drove him from the line of works. My regi-
ment and Colonel Bowen's were advanced to storm the redoubt on the
enemy's extreme right, occupied by his dismounted cavalry, which was
carried in fine style. General Field then directed me to change front
to the right and attack in flank with the two regiments (Second [Rifles]
and First) a redoubt farther to the right, which was defying the efforts
of Anderson's entire brigade. I executed this order, the men charging
with great spirit and driving from the work a body of the enemy.