that he was in Richmond
the Sunday before.
Probably he was a ‘bounty-jumper.’
I was relieved at 8 P. M.
Heavy firing on our right to-day.
A rain began at 7 P. M., which continued through the night.
Rumors of a move.
We turned out at 4 A. M., and a brigade of Burnside
's colored troops took our places in the fort.
Our whole corps was relieved, and we went back two miles to be held in reserve.
Turned out at 6.
I was detailed with sixty men to work on Fort Sedgwick
All work had to be done in the night, as no one could live there in the daytime.
The Rebel Fort MacMahon was near, and their sharpshooters were nearer, and picked off men with every opportunity.
We reached the fort at 10 P. M., and soon had our tools in hand.
We had just begun work, when orders came to report back to the regiment at once.
We arrived there at midnight, and were told that our corps was to march at 3 P. M.
Accordingly, August 17 we fell in, ready to carry out this order, but while we were waiting another order came to turn in for the night, as we were not to move until the next morning.
We turned out at 3 A. M. This was the day of the ‘Battle of Weldon Railroad
,’ sometimes called that of ‘the Six-Mile House,’ or ‘the Globe Tavern
We began our march at 5 towards the railroad (southwest and to our left), a distance of five or six miles, to the Yellow Tavern
, or Six-Mile House.
Here we found the Rebel
pickets, and drove them before us. General Crawford
's Division, to which our regiment belonged,1
formed a line of battle on the right of the railroad, and General Ayer
, of the Second Division of our corps (the Fifth), formed on the left of the railroad.
's First Division (our corps) was in the rear tearing up the tracks, as we thus advanced towards Petersburg
We had proceeded about a mile