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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Fight with gunboats at Mathias point. (search)
stion — especially under the then sweeping fire of the enemy's guns, involving the prospect of serious loss — I directed Colonel J. M. Brockenbrough, Fortieth regiment Volunteers, Some companies were then assembled, but the Fortieth regiment had not been organized, except on paper, and all troops were undisciplined. who was with me, to proceed to the forest on our right, leading to the Point, and direct the march of the two remaining battalions, then held in readiness, under Lieutenant-Colonel R. A. Claybrook and Major R. M. Mayo, and drive the enemy from the forest towards the point to which we were then marching with the forces on the left. In advancing I soon afterwards encountered three of the enemy's scouts, who sought shelter in a small skirt of underbrush, and we abstained from firing on them, as it would have precititated the retreat of the enemy from the forest before Colonel Brockenbrough's force could have engaged him there, by which means he would have effected his esca