, and Rodes
' brigade had been posted at the works between the defences of Yorktown and the head of the obstructions on Warwick River
On my arrival I was ordered to move my own brigade near the point occupied by Rodes
, and I was assigned to the command of that part of the line extending from the ravine south of Yorktown
to the right of Wynn's Mill as far as the mouth of the branch leading into the pond made by Dam No. 1, which was the first dam below that at Wynn
There were two dams on the line thus assigned me, the dam at Wynn's Mill, etc. The troops defending the part of the line thus assigned me consisted of Rodes
' brigade; my own, now under the command of Colonel D. K. McRae
, of the 5th North Carolina Regiment; the 2nd Florida Regiment, Colonel Ward
; the 2nd Mississippi Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Taylor
; Brigadier General Wilcox
's brigade; and two regiments temporarily attached to his command under Colonel Winston
; and the 19th Mississippi Regiment, Colonel Mott
The latter regiment was, however, transferred to another part of the line in a few days.
The only portions of my line exposed to the view of the enemy were Redoubts Nos. 4 and 5 and the works attached to them, the works at Wynn's Mill and part of a small work at the upper dam of Wynn
's Millthe works at Wynn's Mill and the upper dam with the intervening space being occupied by Wilcox
Between the works designated, including Dam No. 1, the swamps on both sides of Warwick River
were thickly wooded, and it would have been impossible to cross without cutting away the dams, which could not have been done without first driving away our troops.
This was also the case below Dam No. 1 to a greater or less extent.
Redoubts Nos. 4 and 5 with the curtain and lateral works had been from necessity constructed on ground sloping towards the enemy, and the interior and rear of them were therefore much exposed to his fire.
This was also the case at Wynn's Mill, and at both points