11 o'clock, leaving 150 men on picket. Orders reaching at 1 p.m. to move at once by the nearest route o Armstrong's Mill, the command proceeded immediately to Burgess' house, and thence as rapidly as possible to our picket-line south of Hatcher's Run. Here we were led to the support of General Pegram by General Gordon's orders, and formed line in the woods, with General Terry's brigade on our left. My command was much reduced by this time by the heavy picket detail still on duty, and I was forced, with the mere handful left, to conform my movements entirely to those of the larger commands on my right and left. Advancing twice to the edge of the woods, and driving the enemy from the sawdust pile in the field, we were each time forced to retire by the wavering and falling back of the line on our left. We fell back each time in good order. The third time we advanced, a portion of Pegram's division having come up on our right, we drove the enemy again steadily before us until we reached the field and sawdust pile. After holding this point for a short time the troops on my right and left gave way and I fell back with them, reforming quickly in the woods. Many of my men had by this time been killed and wounded, and the command was short of ammunition, but I deployed them in the interval between Pegram's left and Terry's right, and having fired away the last round we had, on the arrival of Mahone's division on our line I retired a short distance and supplied myself with ammunition. The fight was by this time over, and in accordance with General Evans' order I marched to the pines near our line and bivouacked for the night . On the morning of the 7th we were placed in line by General Evans, prepared to support the division on our right in case of an attack. During the afternoon we proceeded to the right of the Brown house and formed as a support of Major Owen's artillery. At dark we were sent back to quarters.
I cannot close my report without paying a just tribute to the memory of Lieutenant John S. Dea, of the Eighth Louisiana Regiment, who fell at our most advanced position during the fight of the 6th. He was at the time acting as adjutant of the division corps of sharpshooters, and displayed all the conspicuous gallantry for which he was noted. In him the service has lost a brave soldier and a good officer. I was greatly assisted in the operations of my command by the officers of my staff, and by Adjutant Key, of the Ninth Louisiana, who offered his services on the occasion.
I append the following list of casualties in my command: Killed, 1 officer, 5 men; wounded, 17 men.
W. R. PECK,
Captain D. C. CODY,
Assistant Adjutant and Inspector General.
JANUARY 2, 1865.-Scout from Benvard's Mills to South Quay, Va.
Report of Captain George F. Dern, Third New York Cavalry.
HDQRS. DETACHMENT THIRD NEW YORK CAVALRY,
Benvard's Mills, Va., January 3, 1865.
SIR: I have the honor to report that in obedience to your order I started from here at 3 o'clock on the morning of the 2nd instant, with Companies A, B, C, H, and L (about 100 men), and one section of artillery,