g, was to throw a strong defensive line across the peninsula from Cape Fear river to the sea, facing Wilmington, so as to protect our rear from attack while we should be engaged in operating against Fisher. * * * Shortly before 5 o'clock, leaving Abbott's brigade to cover our stores, the troops were put in motion.
On arriving at it, the pond was found to be a sand-flat, sometimes covered with water, giving no assistance to the defense of a line established behind it. Nevertheless, it was determnion that their troops were unequal to the task.
I moved forward with them, and made a close examination, and after a conference confirmed their opinion, and decided not to attack.
This line was held by Paine's division and Abbott's brigade, all colored troops, and numbering less than Hoke's division.
General Bragg says:
The enemy had landed without artillery, and not even a general officer brought a horse.
While General Terry reports:
Early in the morning