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lly attached to the Eighteenth Corps, and some cavalry were left at City Point — for what purpose, unless to keep the letter of the order of April 2d, it is hard to understand.
In the movements of the campaign they might as well have been back in Fort Monroe.
Though they were wanting in drill, discipline, and actual service in the field, they had many excellent officers and a division commander who united to great bravery much experience and the ability to take advantage of it.
On the 9th of May the two corps were ordered out in the direction of Petersburg.
The enemy were easily driven back to Swift Creek, a distance of four and a half miles, and the railroad and turnpike bridges were reached.
The stream was very narrow and with steep banks, and no crossing was possible except by a bridge.
Both bridges were guarded by artillery and infantry.
The railroad bridge, being only covered with ties, was impassable in the face of opposition, even by infantry.
After several hours spent