fringed with heavy timber and underbrush, this force arrived near the point indicated.
The enemy was there, for Major Pope
and Lieutenant Stevens
in crossing the wood-road drew several shots.
To feel the strength of the opposing force opposite, Company A, which was in the brush along the bank of the creek, was directed to fire a volley.
As if acting under the same impulse, at the very moment this order was executed, the enemy also fired a volley, one shot striking Lieutenant Stevens
in the head, killing him instantly.
He fell partially into the stream.
It was a dangerous duty to remove him; but two men were selected from volunteers, who, crawling forward, brought back his body.
As the orders were to entail no unnecessary risk of life, word was sent to Lieutenant-Colonel Hooper
of the situation.
with Company D relieved Company A on the skirmish line.
While awaiting the result of Major Pope
's flanking movement, Lieutenant-Colonel Hooper
caused a musketry fire to be kept up from about the mill and the bridge, which enfiladed the enemy's breastworks.
He also caused the sluice-gates of the dam at the first stream to be broken to allow the water in the pond to flow off, that a crossing there might be facilitated should Major Pope
's project not succeed.
When word came of Major Pope
's encounter, Lieutenant-Colonel Hooper
sent a message to General Potter
informing him that the stream could only be crossed with a considerable sacrifice; but that if a fieldgun was sent him, the enemy might be driven out, or a charge covered.
At the same time Major Pope
was ordered to hold his position.
A gun having been brought, dispositions were made to charge over the log dike at the mill.