The Richmond (Virginia) Campaign - AUGUST 1-DECEMBER 31, 1864
No. 365.--Reports of Brig. Gen. William H. Wallace, C.S. Army, commanding
Elliott's brigade, of operations
October 27 and November 5.
HEADQUARTERS ELLIOTT'S BRIGADE,
October 28, 1864.
CAPTAIN: About 10 o'clock last night the enemy, under cover of intense darkness and rain, assaulted and carried about 200 yards of the picket-line to the right of the Rives salient, occupied at the time by pickets from the Holcombe Legion. I immediately organized a detachment of 200 men from the Holcombe Legion and Eighteenth Regiment South Carolina Volunteers, with a proper number of officers, the whole under command of Captain Brown, of the Holcombe Legion, and sent them out to retake the line. They cautiously approached the line to within twenty or thirty yards and then charged, carrying the works easily, capturing 14 prisoners, with their arms and accouterments, and a small lot of intrenching tools. The precise loss of the enemy is not known. Some of their dead was observed this morning lying between the lines, among them a commissioned officer. Our loss was 1 killed, 2 seriously wounded, 9 slightly wounded, and 8 captured. Some of the slightly wounded are still upon duty. The men and officers of the detachment behaved very well. It was ascertained from prisoners that the assaulting party of the enemy was composed of detachments from various regiments, some of them being from Meagher's Irish brigade. The party had been organized during the afternoon for the purpose of carrying the line. When the line was retaken it was discovered that the enemy had been at work upon it fitting it for their permanent occupation.
I am, captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. H. WALLACE, Brigadier-General
(Report from The Official Records of The War of The Rebellion)