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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 4. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Defence of batteries Gregg and Whitworth, and the Evacuation of Petersburg. (search)
he Confederates displayed, as usual, that courage known to be common to the rank and file of the Army of Northern Virginia. This contest, and the last between any of the fragments of our little army and the enemy near Petersburg, took place at Sutherland's depot, on the Southside railroad. When the lines were broken a little after day-light, the greater portion ot the attacking force turned to their left, and made a clean sweep of the lines to Hatcher's run. Those of our men that escaped beingssible. After seeking in vain for bridges, they finally reached the north bank by means of an indifferent ferry; but many threw away their arms from necessity, and crossed by swimming. Such information as has been given of the collision at Sutherland's depot was derived from reports of two of my brigade commanders. Petersburg, 4 P. M. I am so much obliged to you for letting us hear from you. Of course we feel the greatest solicitude about our friends at this critical period, but tru