y along their lines.
I rode up to Tyler, who was an old army friend, found him making every possible disposition to check the enemy's advance, and called out to him: Tyler, you are in luck to-day.
It is n't every one who has a chance to make such a debut on joining an army.
You are certain to knock a brevet out of this day's fight.
He said: As you see, my men are raw hands at this sort of work, but they are behaving like veterans.
Hancock had arrived on the ground in person, and when Birney's troops of his corps came up they were put into action on Tyler's right.
Crawford, of Warren's corps, arrived about dark, and was put in position on the left.
The brunt of the attack, however, had been broken by the troops upon which it first fell.
Each regiment of Tyler's heavy artillery was as large as some of our brigades.
These regiments had been thoroughly drilled and disciplined in the defenses about Washington, but this was their first engagement, and their new uniforms and brigh
could be made Lee's army had arrived in large force, great activity had been displayed in strengthening the fortifications, and the difficulties of the attacking party had been greatly increased.
The Second Corps was temporarily commanded by D. B. Birney, as Hancock's Gettysburg wound had broken out afresh the day before, entirely disabling him. Gallant assaults were repeatedly made by Burnside, Warren, and Birney; and while they did not succeed in the object of carrying the enemy's main line Birney; and while they did not succeed in the object of carrying the enemy's main line of fortifications, positions were gained closer to his works, and these were held and strongly intrenched.
Both of the opposing lines on this part of the ground were now strengthened, and remained substantially the same in position from that time until the capture of Petersburg.
General Grant realized the nature of the ground and the circumstances that prevented the troops from accomplishing more than had been done, and he complimented Meade upon the promptness and vigor with which he had
ned to Butler, so that Meade's and Butler's armies were again complete.
Meade's corps were disposed as follows, from right to left of the line: Burnside, Warren, Birney (Hancock's), Wright.
On the morning of June 22, Wright's and Birney's corps moved westward with a view to crossing the Weldon Railroad and swinging around to Birney's corps moved westward with a view to crossing the Weldon Railroad and swinging around to the left; but they were vigorously attacked and forced back some distance.
They advanced again in the evening, but nothing important was gained.
On June 23, Birney and Wright again moved out. There was great difficulty in preserving the alinement of the troops, as they had to pass through dense woods and almost impenetrable tBirney and Wright again moved out. There was great difficulty in preserving the alinement of the troops, as they had to pass through dense woods and almost impenetrable thickets, which made the movement a slow and difficult process.
About four o'clock in the afternoon, while a portion of Wright's troops were at work destroying the Weldon Railroad, a large force of the enemy struck his left and drove it back.
Darkness soon came on, and nothing of importance was accomplished.
Wright was now given
gagements which took place.
Early in the morning the movement began by sending out Miles's brigade and Gregg's cavalry, which drove back a body of the enemy to a point only seven miles from Richmond.
At ten o'clock a vigorous attack was made by Birney's corps upon the works at Fussell's Mills.
The intrenchments were handsomely carried, and three colors and nearly three hundred prisoners taken; but the enemy soon returned in large force, made a determined assault, and compelled Birney to abandBirney to abandon the works he had captured.
He succeeded, however, in holding the enemy's intrenched picket-line.
In the mean time the enemy brought up a sufficient force to check the advance of Gregg and Miles and compel them to withdraw from their position.
Our troops fell back in perfect order, retiring by successive lines.
Gregg took up a line on Deep Creek.
That evening the enemy made a heavy attack on him, but only succeeded in forcing him back a short distance.
The fighting had been desperate, an
were issued on the 27th for the break which was in contemplation.
Birney's and Ord's corps of Butler's army were to cross on the night of Senic in Richmond, and getting inside of its inner works.
Ord and Birney moved out promptly before daylight on September 29. General Grant ltage was not taken of the important success which had been gained.
Birney moved with his colored troops against the line of intrenchments on nd drove the enemy back in great confusion.
General Grant was with Birney's command in the early part of the day. His youngest son, Jesse, halooking out for a safe place.
After the capture of the works by Birney's troops, the general-in-chief rode over to Fort Harrison to push mund, tucked his legs under him, and wrote the following despatch to Birney, dating it 10:35 A. M.: General Ord has carried the very strong worof the colored troops, who had carried so handsomely the work which Birney had assaulted that morning.
General Grant had not heard from Me