The movement was designed to reach the Southside Railroad.
A heavy column crossed Hatcher's Run and made an obstinate attack on our lines, in order to break through to the railroad.
This column was met in front and flank by Generals Hampton and W. H. F. Lee, with dismounted sharpshooters.
Infantry was hastened forward by General Lee, and the enemy was driven back.
This closed for the winter active operations against our lines at Petersburg.
When the campaign opened on the n, because in some instances where the facts were fully developed, they had gone to their necessitous families with intent to return and resume their places in the line of battle.
His cavalry force had also been diminished by the absence of General Hampton's division, to which permission had been given to go to their home, South Carolina, to get fresh horses, and also to fill up their ranks.
Long, arduous, and distant service had rendered both necessary.
In the early part of March, as well