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staff at full chase into their entrenchments. I went down rapidly with Companies G, (Capt. James A. Skelly) A, K, and M, at a trot to support the advance, when you overtook me and ordered the regiment into position, with Companies K, M, E and I, under Maj. Stratton, to support the artillery, Companies G, A, L and C, drawn up in line under cover leaving Companies H. F, D and B, with prisoners under Capt. R. B. Ward in Jackson. Lieut. Prudhomme, commanding howitzers, took a position on the right of the farm house, within 240 yards of the enemy's works, and gallantly kept his pieces usefully employed during this engagement in the midst of a terrific storm, which seemed to put an end to the fight on both sides. I received orders to cover the withdrawal of the artillery, which was done. Arriving at Jackson, took the advance to the mill, 6 miles to this side, and encamped.
Wednesday, 29.-- Left at 8 a.m., regiment in rear. Capt. John B. Loomis commanding rear guard. * * * Arrived at Murfreesborough, where we bivouacked.
Thursday, 30.-- Left at 9 a.m. * * * Arrived at Winton at 1 p.m. * * * Crossed the Chowan on transports and bivouacked at the Somerton and Gatesville forks, 4 miles from the river.
Friday, 31. --Left at 10 a.m. Delayed by a broken bridge at Buckland. Arrived at Reynoldson at dark, and bivouacked on the ground of the Chowan Institute.
Saturday, August 1.-- Detached 400 men under Maj. F. A. Stratton, consisting of Companies E, G (Capt. Skeller), I, F, D, K and L, and one howitzer, for a reconnoissance to South Quay and Franklin. They left at 7 a.m. I proceeded, via Somerton, to Leesville fork, at Dr. Corbin's and bivouacked on Smith's farm.
Sunday, August 2.--Left Corbin's at 9 a.m., in rear through Suffolk. * * * Major Stratton rejoined us at Burchard's mills. Arrived at Bowers' Hill about dark. * * *
Near Portsmouth, Va., August 20, 1863. * * * In command of Companies G (Capt. Skelly), I and K, comprising 120 men of the 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry. I proceeded on the evening of the 11th instant, by the Suffolk road, to the Town Point Fork, where I joined the rest of the expeditionary forces under your command.
From this point my command marched in rear of the column during the next three days, and until we entered Edenton nothing of note occurred. The same night I sent out a company under Captain Reisinger to search for guerrilas in the vicinity