my line, which would have proved destructive to my men had they been allowed to remain. I accordingly ordered 2 companies of the Twenty-seventh Michigan Volunteers to charge and carry the crest, which they did in a most gallant manner, causing the enemy to make a most precipitant retreat. Occupied the position during the night without further molestation from the enemy.
At daylight on the morning of the 23rd, I ordered a company of the Twenty-seventh Michigan Volunteers to advance as skirmishers, supported by the Second Maryland Volunteers. After having scoured the country for a distance of 5 miles, and not being able to find the enemy, rejoined the command, where we remained during that day and night.
On the morning of the 24th, I received instructions to march the command to some suitable camp within supporting distance of Knoxville.
The losses during the above engagements are 1 private, Batteries L and M, Third U. S. Artillery, and Lieutenant Mentzel, of the Forty-sixth New York Volunteers, killed.
Too much praise cannot be awarded to the men and officers for their patience and endurance during the march from Strawberry Plins, dragging 2 pieces of artillery a distance of 10 miles over rough, muddy roads, without a murmur. Great credit is dare to the brigade commander for their promptness in carrying out my orders in detail; also to the members of my staff for their valuable assistance.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Captain H. R. MIGHLELS,
Numbers 2. Reports of Brigadier General Orlando B. Willcox, U. S. Army, commanding Second Division.
HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, January 22, 1864-4.15 p. m.
SIR: With Special Orders, Numbers 22, received,t he last one, to select a camp near the Twenty-third Corps, I had anticipated by moving down with General Manson's division, before the enemy, tot he intersection of the Knoxville and Armstrong's Ferry roads. I am now carrying on a brisk skirmish with the enemy's dismounted infantry, holding a position about half a mile above cross-roads, my right resting on a crest and my left and center in the valley, covered by underbrush and broken ground. I took this stand in order to develop, if possible, the character of the force advancing. So far I have discovered nothing but a division of mounted troops. I did not wish either to divide the force or to march into Knoxville with the enemy on my heels. Having no cavalry, I cannot tell anything more than is before me. The enemy's flanks are both covered with woods. If you determine that I shall hold this position to-morrow, please send me commissary stores and ammunition to-night.
O. B. WILLCOX,
Brigadier General E. E. POTTER,
Chief of Staff.