it had been necessary to cut zig-zag trenches, or bayous, to enable the men to pass into and from the works with as little exposure as possible.
Our side of the Warwick River
, between the exposed points, was occupied by thin picket lines.
Besides the infantry mentioned, there were several batteries of field artillery in the works, and in Redoubt No. 4
there were two heavy guns and a large Howitzer.
Brigadier General Raines
had charge of the immediate defences of Yorktown and Gloucester Point
When I took command I found the enemy busily engaged in constructing trenches and earthworks in front of Redoubts 4 and 5 and of Wynn's Mill.
In front of Redoubt No. 5
was a dwelling house, with several out-houses and a large peach orchard extending to within a few hundred yards of our works, under cover of which the enemy pushed forward some sharpshooters, with long-range rifles, and established a line of rifle pits within range of our works, which annoyed us very much for several days, as nearly our whole armament for the infantry consisted of smooth-bore muskets, and our artillery ammunition was too scarce to permit its use in a contest with sharp-shooters.
On the 11th of April General Magruder
ordered sorties to be made by small parties from all the main parts of the line for the purpose of fooling the enemy.
sent out a party from Wynn's Mill which encountered the skirmishers the enemy had thrown up towards his front, and drove them back to the main line.
Later in the day Colonel Ward
, with his own regiment and the 2nd Mississippi Battalion, was thrown to the front on the right and left of Redoubt No. 5
, driving the enemy's sharp-shooters from their rifle pits, advancing through the peach orchard to the main road beyond, from Warwick Court-House and Fortress Monroe
, so as to compel a battery, which the enemy had posted at an earthwork on our left of said road, to retire precipitately.
, however, returned to our