Brilliant dash of the sharpshooters on the enemy's skirmish line.
Soon after my return to the army, and while we were camped on the outskirts of Petersburg
, near “Battery 45,” Major Wooten
commanding our sharpshooters, asked permission to attack, at night, the enemy's skirmish line at a dwelling owned by Mr. Davis
, immediately in our front.
Permission was granted, and the attack was made without any loss whatever on our side, while the Major
emptied the enemy's riflepits of so large a number of prisoners, he and his command were complimented in a special
written communication from Army or Corps Headquarters, I have now forgotten which.
The enemy subsequently burnt the residence at which the attack was made.
This was the beginning of a series of dashes made by Major Wooten
and his picked men, on the enemy's skirmish line during the following winter, known to us as Wooten
's seine-haulings, in all of which he was very successful, and never lost a man.