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HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY. 225
railroad. Gen. de Trobriand to Gen. Mott, 1st Brigade, 3d Division, 2d Corps:
December 18, 1864
    * * * On Wednesday, the 7th instant, we broke camp at daybreak and marched during the day on the Jerusalem plank road, crossing the Nottoway River on a pontoon bridge, in the evening, near Freeman's, and bivouacking in the fields on the south bank.
    Thursday, Dec. 8. Resumed the march and passed through Sussex Court House and Coman's Well, reaching the Weldon railroad at sunset near Jarratt's Station.
    Friday, Dec. 9. Destroyed the railroad during the day from Jarratt's Station toward Three Creeks, and during the evening between Three Creeks and Belfield.
    Saturday, Dec. 10. Marched back toward Sussex Court House and bivouacked about three or four miles before reaching it.
    Sunday, Dec. 11. Recrossed the Nottoway River and bivouacked four or five miles this side of the pontoon bridge, along the Jerusalem plank road.
    Monday, Dec. 12. Returned to our lines before Petersburg and encamped near the Halifax road. As the brigade was not engaged with the enemy the operations, limited to a march of six days in the enemy's country, with the destruction of railroad, houses, barns, cotton, etc., do not afford ground for mentioning in particular anything else but the remarkable alacrity and skill of the men in their welcome work of destruction. * * *
R. DE TROBRIAND, Brig. Gen.

    Col. Shepherd on the movements of First Brigade, Third Division, Second Army Corps, in the pursuit of the enemy from the morning of the 6th to the 9th instant, the last three days of the war:
    About 9 a.m. on (Thursday) the 6th I took command of the brigade. (Gen. Mott, the Division Commander, wounded about this time.) * * *
    To sum up in a few words what was accomplished by the brigade was, on April 6th, the enemy was attacked directly in rear on the road by which he was retreating and driven several miles. The brigade captured 1,390 enlisted men; 17 commissioned officers; 5 pieces of artillery, 28 wagons, 1 limber, 1 artillery guidon, and 3 battle flags. The conduct of the officers and men throughout the day was excellent; even the recruits, inspired by the gallantry of the veterans, charged with enthusiasm.
R.S. SHEPHERD, Colonel

    Capt. John B. Fite's Company D, 115th Pennsylvania In-


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