of the 26th, 34th, and 46th Virginia regiments, the 64th Georgia, the 23d South Carolina, Archer's militia, Battle's and Wood's battalions, Sturdivant's battery, Dearing's small command of cavalry, and some other transient forces, having a real effective for duty of 2200 only.
These troops occupied the Petersburg line on the leftery 4 1/2 yards. From that bridge to the Appomattox — a distance of fully 4 1/2 miles--the line was defenseless.
Early in the morning — at about 7 o'clock--General Dearing, on the Broadway and City Point roads, reported his regiment engaged with a large force of the enemy.
The stand made by our handful of cavalry, near their bre result, and, in spite of the desperate efforts of our men, the cavalry breastworks were flanked and finally abandoned by us, with the loss one howitzer.
Still, Dearing's encounter with the enemy, at that moment and on that part of the field, was of incalculable advantage to the defenders of our line, inasmuch as it afforded time
C.,----. Beale's Brigade, Capt. S. H. Burt: 9th Va.,----; 10th Va.,----; 13th Va.,----; 14th Va.,----. Roberts's Brigade, Brig.-Gen. William P. Roberts: 4th N. C.,----; 16th N. C. Batt'n,----.
Rosser's division, Maj.-Gen. Thomas L. Rosser.
Dearing's Brigade, Brig.-Gen. James Dearing, Col. A. W. Harman: 7th Va.,----; 11th Va.,----; 12th Va., Col. A. W. Harman; 35th Va. Batt'n,----. McCausland's Brigade: 16th Va.,----; 17th Va.,----; 21st Va.,----; 22d Va.,----.
artillery, Lieut.-Col. R.Brig.-Gen. James Dearing, Col. A. W. Harman: 7th Va.,----; 11th Va.,----; 12th Va., Col. A. W. Harman; 35th Va. Batt'n,----. McCausland's Brigade: 16th Va.,----; 17th Va.,----; 21st Va.,----; 22d Va.,----.
artillery, Lieut.-Col. R. B. Chew.
Chew's Battalion: Va. Battery (Graham's),----; Va. Battery (McGregor's),----. Breathed's Battalion, Maj. James Breathed: Va. Battery (P. P. Johnston's),----; Va. Battery (Shoemaker's),----; Va. Battery (Thomson's),
G. W. C. Lee's division, Maj.-Gen. G. W. Custis Lee.
[Composed of Barton's and Crutchfield's brigades, with Tucker's naval battalion attached.]
The following battalions of artillery, borne on Lee's return for January 31st, 1865, are not enumerated in the parole lis