could fire into his winter quarters, General Lee
asked if he could take the hill, and Lane
replied: ‘I will have it to-night, if you say so.’
were examining the ground that beautiful Sunday morning, one of the men called out: ‘Look yonder, fellows, that means fighting, and somebody is going to get hurt.’
The attack was made by the sharpshooters of the whole division, under Wooten
, and the hill was carried without the loss of a man.
During that winter, General Lane
received a note from General Wilcox
asking if he could ‘catch a Yankee’ that night for General Lee
, as some of the enemy were moving and he could not get the desired information through his scouts.
was sent for and the note handed him. After sitting a while with his head between his hands, he looked up with a bright face, and said: ‘I can get him.’
Early next morning, followed by a crowd of laughing, ragged Rebels, he marched seven prisoners to headquarters, and with a merry good morning, reported: ‘I couldn't get that promised Yankee for General Lee
, but I caught seven Dutchmen.’
They were sent at once to division headquarters with a note from the brigadier, giving the credit of the capture to Wooten
, and stating that if General Lee
could make anything out of their ‘foreign gibberish.’
it was more than he could.
After our line had been broken by Grant
in the spring of 1865, and the brigade driven from the works, this corps very materially helped to retake the same works as far as the Jones Farm
road, where it was confronted by two long lines of battle and a strong skirmish line.
To escape death or capture, the brigade was ordered back to Battery Gregg and Howard's Dam, near Battery 45.
In the retreat to Appomattox Courthouse this corps was kept very busy, and it was often engaged when not a shot was fired by any of the regiments.