on as he met him. Soon after crossing Sappony creek the enemy was encountered, and he was gallantly charged by the Ninth Virginia and driven back beyond the church.
Here he occupied a strong position with dismounted men, and he succeeded in checking the charge.
General Chambliss dismounted his men and took up aline near the church, when in a few moments he was heavily attacked.
I brought up a part of the Seventh Virginia to reinforce him, and the attack was repulsed along the whole line.
Young's brigade, under Colonel Wright, was then dismounted and put into position — the enemy in the meantime using his artillery and small arms rapidly.
Soon after my line was established, Lieutenant-Colonel Crawley, commanding the Holcombe legion (infantry), brought 200 men of his command to join me, and he was placed in the centre of the line.
With these troops the line, which was not a strong one, was held steadily all night, the enemy constantly making demonstrations and attacks upon it, but