and arrived during the night, with his brigade of J,168 Tennesseans.
On the morning of the 7th General Butler sent forward against the Confederate advance at Walthall a division under General Brooks, of five brigades, with the usual proportion of artillery, and supported by cavalry.
The action that ensued was open-field fightded from shell fire.
Before dark the enemy withdrew to their now fortified base at Bermuda Hundred, and the Confederates slept upon the field.
Of the affair at Walthall General Beauregard subsequently was pleased to say:
Succeeding in having the order for General Hagood to be pushed on to Richmond without an instant's delaall Junction to withdraw into the Northern lines, on the south side of Swift Creek, nearer to the city.
An advance party of Hagood's Brigade held the field at Walthall until the morning 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.