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HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY. 287
    Dec. 8. The brigade moved forward at 8 p. m. reached the Weldon railroad and was deployed for skirmishing while the track was being destroyed by the troops of the corps, and encamped near Jarratt's Station.
    Dec. 9. At 10 a.m. the command moved forward along the line of the Weldon railroad in the direction of Hicksford, assisting in the destruction of the railroad, and encamped within about five miles of Hicksford.
    Dec. 10. The command moved in the direction of Sussex Court House on the return, marching about twenty miles, and encamped near the Court House at about 7 p .m.
    Dec. 11. Took up the line of march, recrossing the Nottoway, and went into camp.
    Dec. 12. At 7 a.m. the command again took up the line of march and arrived near the present encampment about 1 p.m., the whole movement resulting in the loss of a few stragglers.
    Since the 12th the command has been doing picket duty and engaged in the construction of winter quarters.
    Jan. 31, 1865. The 5th Corps remained in its camp between Halifax road and Jerusalem plank road, no movement having taken place during the month.
    Feb. 5. In accordance with orders the brigade (1st) broke camp at 6:30 a.m. and with the balance of the division (1st) moved west to the Weldon railroad; then south and southwest to a point on Hatcher's Run; then northwest on a road leading to Dinwiddie Court House, halting at 4 p. m. on the plantation of Oliver Campbell, and remained until 11 p. m.; then returned by the same road to the Vaughan road; then marched north on the Vaughan road to the south bank of Hatcher's Run, and occupied earthworks covering crossing of that stream.
    Feb. 6. About 3 p. m. the brigade was ordered to the support of Gen. Winthrop's brigade, then being pressed by an assault of the enemy. Formed a line of battle facing west, and moved forward. A charge was ordered on the enemy, which was executed in a most gallant style. The enemy broke at the first volley and fled in great confusion. After pursuing for some distance, the brigade was halted in consequence of being out of amunition. At 5:30 p. m. rapid firing commenced on the right and to the rear, when the command was changed to face northwest, and remained under arms all night.
    Feb. 7. In the morning the enemy threatened an attack. Sharp firing was kept up between the two lines of skirmishers for three-quarters of an hour, when a heavy rain and hail storm setting in, the enemy withdrew to cover of woods. At 11 a. m. the brigade was relieved by Gen. Gregg's cavalry, and re-occupied the works left the previous day. The casualties were comparatively small.     Since the last mentioned date the command has gone into a


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