enemy's inner line, but was unable to get further.
The position captured from the enemy was so threatening to Richmond
that I determined to hold it. The enemy made several desperate attempts to dislodge us, all of which were unsuccessful, and for which he paid dearly.’
's loss in this affair was 2,300 men.
Supposing that Lee
's right at Petersburg
had been weakened in meeting the attack north of the James
, on the 30th of September, sent four divisions to attack Lee
's right, at Poplar Spring church.
met the flank of these with two divisions and forced them back, with a loss of over 2,000 men. Parke
, commanding the Ninth corps, attributed this disaster to ‘the large amount of raw material in the ranks [that] has greatly diminished the efficiency of the corps.’
On the 7th of October, Lee
's cavalry, north of the James
, and, as Grant
reports, ‘drove it back with heavy loss in killed, wounded, and prisoners, and the loss of all the artillery—eight or nine pieces.
This he followed by an attack on our intrenched infantry line, but was repulsed with severe slaughter.’
On the 13th, Butler
essayed to drive the Confederates
from his front, where they were constructing some new defensive works, but he was driven back with heavy loss.
On the 27th of October, it was said to strengthen Lincoln
's prospects in the near-at-hand presidential election with the report of a victory, Grant
sent a column, consisting of 3,000 cavalry and 32,000 infantry, to turn Lee
's right at Hatcher
's run, 14 miles to the southwest of Petersburg
His plan of engagement provided that Hancock
should march westward, following the Vaughn
road across Hatcher
's run, and place himself across the Boydton
He was then to march northward, recross Hatcher
's run and the Southside railroad in the rear of Lee
's cavalry and the Fifth and Ninth corps were moved to the Federal
left to support Hancock
In. the morning the Ninth corps attacked the extreme right of Lee
's intrenchments, to engage attention while Hancock
made his flanking movement.
's men ready for the attack, the Ninth corps halted and threw up breastworks for its protection.
reached his assigned position, across the Boydton
plank road, but when he would advance he found Hill
standing ready, on the northern bank of the