War of the Rebellion: Serial 095 Page 1155 Chapter LVIII. THE APPOMATTOX CAMPAIGN.

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enemy were driven back and held in check until the ammunition was exhausted. A number of prisoners were captured and sent to the rear. The position was held until the brigade was ordered to retire; the enemy followed closely in line of battle. A new line was formed and they were checked and held until dark, when the command retired beyond the Boydton, plank road and bivouacked for the night.

April 1, the brigade not actively engaged, but watching the flank. April 2, brigade marched from White Oak road via Ford's Depot, on South Side Railroad, and joined General Merritt's command near Namozine road. April 3, drew rations and forage; marched to Namozine Creek. April 4, marched on the flanks of the infantry, and reported to General Sheridan at 2 a.m. on the 5th. At 3 a.m., same date, General Davies moved out and struck the enemy's train on the Paineville road, destrying wagons, capturing artillery, flags, &c., and being heavily attacked this brigade was ordered out to his support. When his command was withdrawn this brigade was attacked by the enemy's cavalry and one division of Anderson's infantry, and lost heavily, the enemy obtaining possession of the field.

On the 6th the brigade, taking the advance, struck the enemy's train near Deatonsville, but were quickly checked by Gordon's corps. We were then withdrawn and participated in the battle at Sailor's Creek. The brigade, being dismounted, was the first to strike and fire the enemy's wagon train, and capturing two pieces of artillery which had been abandoned and thrown into the swamp by the enemy.

On the 7th the brigade, marching in rear, arrived at Farmville, and crossing the Appomattox, took the advance on the Buckingham Court-House road and struck the enemy's train two miles from Farmville, but was driven back by Rosser's division of cavalry and Gordon's infantry. General Davies coming up at this juncture the enemy were checked by him on the right and by the reformation of the Second Brigade on the left. The loss of the Second Brigade was severe; General Gregg and two of his staff were captured; and here that noble officer, Major Mays, of the Fourth Pennsylvania Cavalry, fell mortally wounded; Lieutenant Colonel J. K. Robinson, Sixteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry, also was wounded in the charge. At dark the brigade was relieved by General Smith, and, following the First Brigade, marched to Prospect Station, and encamped at 2 a.m. on the 8th. At 9 o'clock this brigade took the advance, and marched via Pamplin's Station and formed junction with First and Third Division near Appomattox Station, and encamped for the night.

On the 9th was ordered out to the main Lynchburg road to support General Smith and General Mackenzie, who were being forced back by the enemy's infantry. Smith was retiring by the right and Mackenzie by the left oblique, and the enemy, taking advantage, charged one regiment of cavalry through the interval, and came up on my rear, and that instant the Fourth Pennsylvania Cavalry, who had been ordered to a new position, met and charged them in column, effectually routing them, killing the color-bearer and capturing the colors of Fourteenth Virginia Cavalry. At the same time the Sixteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry, who had been dismounted, were double-quicked around by the rear and drove the enemy out of the woods. At the same time the enemy attacked my left flank, but were held in check by the Eighth Pennsylvania Cavalry until the infantry, who were close at hand, relieved my command. Not finding the division commander, I reported to General Davies, who was engaging the enemy on the road in the direction of Lynchburg, and was ordered to join him with my command. The brigade was massed on the left of the road and pushed forward at a trot, when orders were