Reoccupation of the Howlett House in 1864.
The gallant achievement of Colonel Morrison
R. H., in the dispatch of Jan. 14, 1894, whilst admitting that the account is full and accurate in the main, claims that Captain J. D. Waid of the Hanover Grays commanded the skirmish line on that occasion, and not Colonel Morrison who was absent and did not take command until the following morning.—Ed. and Captain Hudgin and their commands without any orders.
On the 16th day of June, 1864, when Grant's flank movement across the James river threatened Petersburg, and it was found necessary to send forces to defend that city, which was in imminent peril from an attack on the east, Confederate troops were withdrawn from General Butler's front, on the Bermuda Hundreds line, and hurried across the Appomattox to foil the Federal forces.
The exigencies of the occasion were so urgent and unexpected, that no troops could be mustered immediately to replace those sent from the north of the Appomat