may make the impression, whether so designed or not, that the heavy body of the enemy seen by him on his arrival was the same that had broken our lines; if he so believed, he was mistaken.
The lines had been carried by another force about daylight, the Sixth corps, commanded by General Wright
, the present Chief Engineer
of the army, and near the point crossed by the heavy force seen by him. Our lines once crossed, the most of the hostile forces turned to their left, and swept up the lines to Hatcher's Run
, and along that to Burgess
; a less body wheeled to their right and cleared our lines to the vicinity of Battery Gregg.
On reaching Gregg, about sun up of April 2nd, I found both it and Battery Whitworth occupied by portions of Lane
's and Thomas
's brigades and a few artillerymen.
These fragments of brigades were reunited near Gregg, and ordered forward to recover our lost lines.
They obeyed promptly, and with spirit, and the lines were regained to within the immediate vicinity of the Boisseau house
, near which the force seen by General Harris
, marching by flank, crossed them.
made an extract from my contribution to the Southern Historical Society, and admits that it was substantially correct.
It had, in his opinion, only two mistakes: (1.) I had over-estimated the strength of his brigade, taking it to be about five hundred, when in fact it had but four hundred, one hundred having been left behind on the skirmish line near Swift Run
（2.) And I had called a certain house “Barnes
's” house, when it should have been “Newman
The extract made by him contained no such name as “Barnes
's,” but. “Banks
's” house was used, and correctly.
It was four or five hundred yards beyond Battery Gregg, to the left of the plank road going from Petersburg
When Colonel Venable
informed me that Harris
's brigade would soon report, I replied that I knew it well, that it numbered about five hundred men. The condition of my front was such when it arrived that it was immaterial whether it had that or more than that number.
As the questson at issue was as to the composition of the little garrison that held Gregg, it would have been well for General Harris
to have quoted from my article on that point.
I stated that it was composed of detachments from Thomas
's, and Harris
's brigades, and two pieces of artillery, and that there were fewer men from Thomas
's than from either of the other two brigades.
With reference to the disposition of his brigade he says he “placed two regiments — the Twelfth and the Sixteenth--by my (Wilcox
's) orders in Battery Gregg.”
He may be correct, but I am inclined to believe that it was a certain number of men I ordered to be detailed