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[168] General Breckinridge, told him of this conversation, and asked him if his troops were ready to renew the attack. He answered, “Yes, I think they are.” I then added: “Well, then, move promptly and strike hard.” The division responded to the order with a cheer, moved off in most beautiful style and made a most glorious charge.

D. H. Hill, Lieutenant-General.

Engagement at Sappony church-report of General Wade Hampton.

headquarters Hampton's division, cavalry corps, A. N. V., July 10th, 1864.
To Lieutenant-Colonel Taylor, Assistant Adjutant-General:
Colonel — On the morning of 27th June the General-Commanding ordered me to move my command from Drewry's farm to Stony creek, in order to intercept Wilson, who was returning from Staunton river bridge to rejoin Grant's army. In obedience to these orders, I moved rapidly in the direction indicated with my division — Chambliss' brigade having been sent forward the evening previous. At 12 M. the next day I reached Stony Creek depot, where I found Chambliss. From this point scouts were sent out to find the position of the enemy and to ascertain what route he was pursuing. At 12.30 P. M. I wrote the General-Commanding, suggesting that a force of infantry and artillery be placed at Reams' station, as the enemy would have to cross the railroad there — Jarratt's or Hicksford. The scouts having reported what road the enemy were marching on, I notified General Lee of their position, and informed him that I should attack them at Sappony church, asking him at the same time to place the infantry at Reams' station and to order Major-General Fitz. Lee to take position near there. These dispositions were made by the General-Commanding, and in the meantime my command was put in motion. Chambliss, who was ahead, was ordered to push on to the church and to charge the enemy as soon as he met him. Soon after crossing Sappony creek the enemy was encountered, and he was gallantly charged by the Ninth Virginia and driven back beyond the church. Here he occupied a strong position with dismounted


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