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History of Cambria County, V.2

vance. On arriving at the station we were met by a portion of the Holcombe Legion; the carbineers of the 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry dismounted and after a desperate conflict were repulsed. The 5th Pennsylvania Cavalry was then ordered forward – all carrying carbines; were dismounted and ordered to charge the enemy. At the same time the howitzers of the Fifth were playing upon the enemy. After a short fight the place was carried' 37 prisoners were taken, among whom were several line officers. Previous to this time about 2 miles of railroad and telegraph line had been destroyed near the station and at it: the office depot and a number of public buildings, together with a large amount of Confederate stores, were destroyed.
    My brigade was then countermarched and moved toward Nottoway river bridge, the 5th Pennsylvania marching by file on the railroad, the 11th going by the road. A short time served to bring us to the bridge. Here we found the 59th Virginia under command of Colonel Tabb, and a portion of the Holcombe Legion of South Carolina. The 5th Pennsylvania was dismounted and made the first charge. The First Brigade, together with the 8th New York artillery, and the howitzers of both cavalry regiments – the 11th Pennsylvania having joined us – assisted in the fight, which lasted about an hour, at the expiration of which time our object was accomplished and the railroad bridge burned. We then took up the line of march and bivouacked at Sussex Court House.
    (Monday) 9.—Marched at daylight, in the advance, crossed the Nottoway at Allen's bridge, and took the plank road to Petersburg. When within 9 miles turned to the right; destroyed a culvert on the Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad; lost 1 man there (prisoner); Bivouacked at Mount Sinai Church.
    (Tuesday) 10. –reached City Point about 10 a. m. Remained till next day.
    (Wednesday) 11. –Crossed to Bermuda Hundred and bivouacked, and remained until morning.
    (Thursday) 12. –Again left camp. The forces stationed near

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