In the valley campaign, the brigade was transferred to Ramseur's division.
At his death, General John Pegram succeeded to the command of the division.
Almost simultaneous with the transfer of Sheridan from the valley to Grant's line near Petersburg, Early's command returned to the aid of Lee, at least the greater part of it.
Picket duty on Hatcher's Run, during the greater part of the winter, was onerous and severe.
The 23rd took an active part in the fight at Hatcher's Run, Captain Peace, of Granville, being its commander.
It was in this action that General John Pegram was killed, and Captain Frank Bennett, of Anson, formerly commander of the 23rd, lost an arm, at the time being in command of the brigade skirmishers.
The division was afterwards commanded by General Walker.
Johnston's was one of the attacking brigades that carried the enemy's line of breastworks at the battle of Hare's Hill, in which action General Johnston was so injured by a fall from the breastworks