by colored cavalry men, who good naturedly took our chaffing.”
The brigade disembarked at Point of Rocks
and marched thence to Bermuda Hundred
We found that our Third division had already preceded us and were massed ready for rapid movement.
Instantly a report was circulated that we were to assault in front of Butler
's lines and take and hold the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad.
We found the line occupied by Butler
, elaborately fortified-covered ways and bombproofs for the protection of the men, redoubts and forts covered with mantlets covering the embrasures, and rapid fire guns in battery, the first of the kind we had seen, as well as many brass and rifled cannon.
The place looked formidable.
The lines were manned by Ohio State Militia, enlisted for 100 days. They were heartily sick of the job, and told us that they had not enlisted for fighting at the front, but to guard points held by old troops, so that the old troops could be sent to the point of danger.
They told us that they were ordered to sleep in the bombproofs.
Of course our talk with them did not improve our feelings.
Many of our men were prejudiced against Butler
, and thought it unjust for us to do his fighting for him, and that it wouldn't hurt the Ohio Militia to get a little touch of war. After dark we were moved out in front and formed in column, our brigade being on the right.
drove in Butler
's pickets, and General Foster
who commanded in our vicinity called for help, and Ricket
's division was sent to his assistance, but the attempt to retake the position was postponed, it was reported, until we had formed.
Then a rush was to be made to seize and hold the railroad.
As we after dark moved out to form in rear of the skirmishers, the militia stood by the side of the road which we passed out