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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 28. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Gen. P. G. T. Beauregard. (search)
rning of the 9th, when Butler again advanced, but now with his whole army. By midday he had it in position before the Swift Creek line. These were ordinary breastworks, and were now held by the brigades of Bushrod Johnson some 1,100 strong, Hagood Brigade were detailed to work, under Captain Marten, the heavy guns of Fort Clifton, situated near the debouchment of Swift creek into the Appomattox, and controlling the navigation of that river. Butler's two blunders. Upon the deployment of Butler's army in front of the Swift Creek line, a rapid artillery engagement ensued, together with severe infantry skirmishing, the latter continuing well into the night. Coincident with his advance, five gunboats attacked Fort Clifton, and after ler's rear, near Chester Station, with some, but not decisive, success. It is said that Butler had intended to cross Swift Creek on the 10th, and make a determined effort at the capture of Petersburg, but deceived by tidings from Washington, recei