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Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 15: operations of the Army of the James around Richmond and Petersburg. (search)
marching out, leaving Kautz and his cavalry to take care of themselves. Kautz had charged up the Jerusalem plank road, driven the force opposing him away, captured a piece of artillery and forty prisoners, and ridden into the town as far up as Jordan's, and then, not hearing anything from Gillmore, although he was within the sound of musketry, he came leisurely back, and without being interfered with. Gillmore reported to me on his return that the expedition had not succeeded, and that he ood of half past 5, he had passed a division of Hancock's corps (Birney's) some four miles from Smith and on the march. About 8.30 P. M., General Smith's aid reported to me that at 7.25 P. M. General Smith had carried the line of defences near Jordan's and was pushing forward toward the river. Shortly after General Smith's aid had gone I became anxious lest Smith should cease his movement, and therefore, about 9 P. M. I sent Lieutenant Davenport back to see General Smith and to say to that
to their strength — about two thousand men — was correct. I further reported that on my return ride from General Smith to you, I had run into and passed a portion of General Hancock's corps of General Meade's army (I believed it to be Birney's division) at about half-past 5, some four miles from General Smith's position, and that they were marching to join him. About 8.30 P. M. an aid to General Smith reported to you that at half-past 7 Smith's forces had carried the line of defence near Jordan's, and were moving toward the Appomattox Soon after this you sent for me and expressing your anxiety lest General Smith should allow nightfall to close his operations for the day, you directed me to again visit Smith, and convey to him your command that there should be no cessation of his movements, but a continued renewal of his assaults; that Petersburg could be taken that night, and should be, and he must put himself and his troops south of the Appomattox. Returning to General Smith I