N. C., by Hon. Charles M. Stedman.
But I must pass over many fields that I may mention Reams' Station, which I am asked to notice somewhat fully.
This engagement was fought on the 25th of August, 1864.
Upon the investment of Petersburg, the possession of the Weldon road became of manifest importance, as it was Lee's main line of communication with the South, whence he drew his men and supplies.
On the 18th of August, 1864, General G. K. Warren, with the Fifth corps of Grant's Army and Kautz's division of cavalry, occupied the line of the Weldon road at a point six miles from Petersburg.
An attempt was made to dislodge them from this position on the 21st, but the effort failed.
Emboldened by Warren's success, Hancock was ordered from Deep Bottom to Reams' Station, ten miles from Petersburg.
He arrived there on the 22d, and promptly commenced the destruction of the railroad track.
His infantry force consisted of Gibbons' and Miles' divisions, and in the afternoon of the 25th