During morning heavy fight was in progress on the line near Petersburg
, which according to the report received resulted rather to our disadvantage.
Later in the afternoon we received orders to move to Chesterfield Courthouse.
At 9 P. M. started, marched all night through a very muddy country which caused a great deal of baulking by the horses, which were at the best very weak.
Arrived at our destination at 8 A. M. on the 3rd, at which time we halted for the double purpose of cooking breakfast and feeding the horses.
At 10 A. M. resumed the line of march and halted at 9 P. M. within few miles of Goode's Bridge over Appomattox river
The enemy pressed our rear closely, but were held in check by Mahone
Heard of the evacuation of Richmond
Marched from daybreak until sunset, crossing the Appomattox river
at Goode's Bridge and camping two miles beyond, and within seven miles of Amelia Courthouse.
The enemy pressing us hard, we burned the bridge after crossing.
Broke camp at 3 A. M. and marched to within a hall mile of Amelia Courthouse where we struck the main body of the army; found the enemy's cavalry across the railroad, and attempting to dispute our further advance.
To our great dismay we found there were no rations for the army which, inasmuch, as we had eaten our last the night previous, was rather interesting intelligence.
Received orders to take a road running west of the railroad and parallel with it, also with the road which the main body of the army is to travel.
We are to have but a small force of cavalry to guard our line of march, which is I think, a very insufficient force to protect the very large amount of artillery which will accompany our battalion.
The battalions of Hardaway
, Leyder and our own comprise the force thus sent, being in all about one hundred guns.
Many rumors are afloat of the presence of the Yankee
cavalry along the route which it is supposed we will take, and it is evident that our position is not altogether a safe one.
We camped at 9 P. M. within five miles of Clementown Mill's Bridge over the Appomattox river
Marched at 4 A. M.; crossed the Appomattox river
, marched through Cumberland Courthouse, and halted at 11.30 P. M., within nine miles of Farmville
, having travelled 36 miles in 19 1/2 hours. Such an arduous march as this caused a great deal of