When General Gordon attacked Fort Steadman, General Wilcox was sick, and I commanded his division.
I was ordered about dark to report to General Gordon, in Petersburg, with my own and another brigade.
General Gordon ordered us to Lieutenant Run, on the road leading to the Jerusalem Plank-road, not far from the ruins of the Ragland House, (I think that was the name,) and there await further orders.
We were not taken into action; but, some time after the repulse, were ordered back to our winter quarters.
Just as we reached our camp, the enemy threw forward a very strong force, and swept the entire Confederate picket line from Hatcher's Run to Lieutenant Run, and it was feared they would attack our weak line of battle.
Our artillery opened, and the fighting continued throughout the day. About dark we succeeded in reestablishing the picket line in our front, excepting the hill in front of our left, from which the enemy could fire into our winter quarters.
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