, and three hundred and fifty of Hannon
's Alabama brigades of mounted men, and Hamilton's field battery.
, demonstrating with his main body along Swift Creek
in front, sent the Fifty-fourth, One Hundred and Second United States Colored Troops, and One Hundred and Seventh Ohio to attempt crossings down the stream to the right, under the guidance of a native.
In this flanking movement Lieutenant-Colonel Hooper
led the Fifty-fourth along the creek over ploughed fields bordering the wood of the swamp, with Company F, under Captain Bridge
From contrabands it was learned that the swamp was impassable nearer than Boykin's Mills, some two miles from the road.
When in the vicinity of the mills, the enemy's scouts were seen falling back.
Leading from a small clearing, a road was found apparently running in the proper direction, and our skirmishers were again ordered forward.
Just then Warren Morehouse
, of Company E, who had been scouting in the woods to the left, came to Major Pope
, saying, ‘Major
, there's a lot of Rebs through there in a barn.’
The regiment was moving on; and deeming quick action essential, Major Pope
faced the left company about and led it toward the point indicated through the woods; and as we approached, the enemy retired across the stream.
This company was left at that point temporarily, and the major hastened to rejoin the regiment.
pushed forward his skirmishers through the wood bordering the road until the mills were in view.
It was found that the stream was there dammed by a dike, the water above it forming a pond.
At each end of the dike were sluice-gates, controlling the water, which served