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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 34. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.26 (search)
were attached to Lieutenant-Colonel Haskell's artillery battalion. We had neither swords nor muskets. As we progressed on our march, we crossed the river near Flat Creek, in Amelia county, when a man in Confederate uniform rode up to Haskell's battalion and told them to take the road leading to Paineville. He then rode off. Attacked from ambush. As we got nearer Flat Creek a body of Federal cavalry suddenly dashed from the front with a battalion yelling and shooting. There were several hundred of them. I did not then have time to count. We had no infantry support, and one gun of Ramsey's battery, which had been gotten into position to fire, wasthem. A sight of General Lee. I told the men to supply themselves with rations out of the cut clown and broken up wagons which the Yankees had left near Flat Creek, and we had a plenty of raw provisions for the time being. We marched on together, crossing Appomattox River on a ferryboat near High Bridge, and got to Farm