rigadier-Generals Brooks and Weitzel, and a division of colored troops, under Brigadier-General Hinks. which General Q. A. Gillmore had lately brought from the coast of South Carolina. General Butler had in addition a division of horse, under General Kautz; this division was, at this time, at Norfolk and Portsmouth.
The strength of the army was somewhat above thirty thousand of all arms.
At Yorktown, Butler was in position to move by land up the Peninsula in the direction of Richmond; to use time he sent a force of eighteen hundred cavalry to move, by way of West Point, across the Peninsula, attract the attention of the enemy towards Richmond, and then make a junction with his main body when it should have reached its destination.
Kautz, with his mounted division, was instructed to move northward from Suffolk to the south side.
During the night of May 4th, the same day the Army of the Potomac crossed the Rapidan, the entire command of Butler embarked on transports, dropped do
force under General Gillmore, and a cavalry force under General Kautz.
The cavalry carried the works on the south side, and prime importance.
Being joined by the cavalry division of Kautz and the division of colored troops under Hinks, Smith's forthe left flank of the infantry; Hinks' division, in rear of Kautz, tc take position across the Jordan's Point road, as near aded by infantry and armed with a light battery.
Upon this, Kautz was withdrawn to the left, and the colored division thrown on that did not turn out to be justified by experience; for Kautz, who, with his mounted division, essayed to work his way rof the Second Corps, and the cavalry divisions of Wilson and Kautz were sent to cut the Weldon and Southside railroads.
It e co-operative cavalry expedition under Generals Wilson and Kautz met with more success.
Striking the Weldon Railroad at Reasion of cavalry, and, after a sharp conflict, defeated him. Kautz reached Burkesville, the junction of the Southside and Danv
the James, 497; Cole's Ferry—the ponton delay, 499; the fortifications of on Smith's arrival, 501; Grant's army all on south side of the James, 500; Gillmore's and Kautz's abortive attempt to capture, 500; partial success of Smith's forces, 503; noncapture-circumstances of Hancock's march, 504; Hancock ordered to assist Smith befordefeat and escape, with loss of trains and artillery, 513; Nottoway Station, cavalry action at, 513; Southside Railroad destroyed to Nottoway Station by Wilson and Kautz, 513; Weldon Railroad destroyed at Reams' Station by Wilson and Kautz, 513; losses of preliminary operations, 514; the lines of both armies described, 515; Deep BoKautz, 513; losses of preliminary operations, 514; the lines of both armies described, 515; Deep Bottom, Hancock's expedition to, 519; Deep Bottom, Hancock's secret return to Petersburg lines, 520; Lee's diversion against Baltimore and Washington—see Early, 526; Deep Bottom, Hancock's second expedition, 529; summer and autumn operations against Petersburg and Richmond, 529; Weldon Railroad, Warren's seizure of during Deep Bottom