ts, and destroyed it without molestation, and then, with Weitzel in the advance, they moved on Petersburg.
They were confronted by a heavy Confederate force at Swift Creek, within three miles of that city, where a sharp action ensued.
The Confederates were driven across the stream; and that evening Butler sent a dispatch to the S was in full retreat on Richmond.
If so, he might quickly and heavily fall, with crushing force, on the Army of the James, so Butler recalled his troops from.
Swift Creek, strengthened his lines, and prepared for active co-operation in an attack on Richmond.
The story was not true.
On the 12th, Butler pushed a heavy column noopposition, and opened the way for the army, which reached the North Anna on the morning of the 23d, at three fords, known respectively as Island, Jericho, and Chesterfield, or Taylor's Bridge — the latter near where the Richmond and Fredericksburg railway crosses that river.
Lee, marching by the shorter route, had outstripped