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to carry his inner line. General Sheridan being advised of the condition of affairs, returned General Miles to his proper command. On reaching the enemy's lines immediately surrounding Petersburg, a portion of General Gibbons' corps, by a most gallant charge, captured two strong, enclosed works — the most salient and commanding south of Petersburg — thus materially shortening the line of investment necessary for taking in the city. The enemy south of Hatcher's run retreated west-ward to Sutherland's station, where they were overtaken by Miles' division. A severe engagement ensued, and lasted until both his right and left flanks were threatened by the approach of General Sheridan, who was moving from Ford's station toward Petersburg, and a division sent by General Meade from the front of Petersburg, when he broke in the utmost confusion, leaving in our hands his guns and many prisoners. This force retreated by the main road along the Appomattox river. During the night of the secon
at one A. M., on the twenty-second of June, starting from the vicinity of Prince George Court-house. He crossed the Petersburg and Weldon railroad at Reams' station, at which point Colonel Chapman, with the Second brigade of Wilson's own division had a skirmish with a small force of the enemy, which, however, was easily driven. The expedition moved by way of Dinwiddie Court-house toward Petersburg and Lynchburg, on the south side of the railroad, which they struck at Ford's mills, near Sutherland's station. They then moved down the road, General Kautz in advance, as far as Ford's station, destroying the road as they moved. At Ford's station they captured two trains, comprising sixteen cars, with the locomotives, laden with refugees leaving Petersburg. After destroying the depot and captured trains, the command bivouacked at Ford's station for the night. Early on the morning of the twenty-third they resumed their march, General Kautz still in advance. Near Nottoway Court-hous
s, perceiving the enemy were moving to his right, pursued and overtook him at Sutherland's station, where a sharp engagement took place, Miles handling his single divnth corps immediately moved up the river, reaching that night the vicinity of Sutherland's station. The next three days, the third, fourth, and fifth, the pursuit ts of the enemy; to the brilliant attack of Miles' division, Second corps, at Sutherland's station; to the energetic pursuit and attack of the enemy by the Second cort zeal, pushing him across Hatcher's run, and following him up on the road to Sutherland's depot. On the north side of the run I overtook Miles, who was anxious to athis division, as I believe the enemy could at that time have been crushed at Sutherland's depot. I returned to Five Forks, and marched out the Ford road toward Hatcrd's depot, meeting no opposition, and the Fifth corps marched rapidly toward Sutherland's depot, in flank and rear of the enemy opposing Miles. As he approached tha
to the right, through Jonesboro, to destroy the stores there, and three companies of the Eighth Iowa, in charge of Captain Sutherland, my Assistant Adjutant-General, to the left six miles, to destroy Sanders' Iron Works, which they accomplished, rejmping that night twenty-five miles from Northport at King's store, and sending a company of the Sixth Kentucky with Captain Sutherland, my A. A. G., on the upper Columbus road, with directions to cross the Sipsey, turn south, and join me. April siry, and aide to the General commanding the corps, I am obliged for his valuable services so cheerfully rendered. Captain Sutherland, A. A. General, was of great service to me until sent on a reconnoissance towards Columbus, from which he found it ler Major 6th Kentucky Brig.-General J. T. Croxton,   Edmund Penn Captain 6th Kentucky Brig.-General J. T. Croxton,   Sutherland Captain and A. A. G. 6th Kentucky Brig.-General J. T. Croxton,   Baker Capt. and A. A. I. G. 6th Kentucky Brig.-Genera