to run a grist-mill at one extremity and a saw-mill at the other.
The divided waters passed away in two streams, forming a sort of island; but the two branches united farther on. The road discovered ran to the first stream, where the water, seven feet deep, was crossed by a bridge, which had been burned, only a stringer remaining, thence over the island to the second stream, where was a ford through water waist-deep.
Some fifteen yards beyond the ford up a slight ascent, the enemy held breastworks of cotton-bales.
It was found that the dike and the road were one hundred and fifty yards apart on our side of the creek; but as the stream made a bend there, they met on the enemy's bank.
's skirmishers, moving rapidly over the road, came to the ruined bridge.
The leaders at once attempted to cross over the stringer, but received a volley which killed Corp. James P. Johnson
, mortally wounded Corp. Andrew Miller
, and wounded Sergeant Bennett
and Privates Harding
, and Sylvia
, all of Company F.
Thus checked, Captain Bridge
retired to cover of the ground, keeping up a return fire.
, seeing that the position was strong and well defended against an attack in front, determined to make a diversion a quarter of a mile farther down the stream, where a ford was reported to be. He therefore sent Acting Adjutant Whitney
to Major Pope
with instructions to take the left wing and essay the task under the guidance of an old white-headed negro.
As the left company was already detached, Major Pope
took only Companies A, D, G, and I, proceeding by a detour through the woods and swamps, with Company A under Lieutenant Stevens
skirmishing; after pursuing a road