Report of Brigadier General Thomas A. Smyth, U. S. Army, commanding brigade, of operations March 25.1
HDQRS. THIRD BRIG., SECOND DIV., 2nd ARMY CORPS.
March 27, 1865.
SIR: I have the honor to submit the following as my report of the part taken by this brigade in the operations of the 25th instant:
In compliance with orders from the general commanding the division I accompanied the detachment of 500 men belonging to this brigade ordered to attack the enemy’s works on the right of Hatcher’s Run. The line was formed in the wood between the barn in front of the R. Armstrong house and Hatcher’s Run. About 4 o’clock in the afternoon I received orders from Major-General Humphreys to assault the enemy’s works. The troops under the command of the gallant Colonel Moore, Fourteenth Connecticut Volunteers, advanced and carried the works over Hatcher’s Run and Picture Run, capturing seventy prisoners. The skirmish line, under the command of Captain McAnally, Sixty-ninth Pennsylvania Volunteers, advanced to within sight of the Boydton plank road. About 6 o’clock the remainder of my brigade, with the Eleventh Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, reported to me and were placed in position on my right and left. I remained in this position until about 10 p. m. when I fell back to the advanced picket-line, and at 11 o’clock in compliance with orders from Major-General Humphreys, my command returned to camp.
The officers and men of the Fourteenth Connecticut Volunteers, Twelfth New Jersey Volunteers, and Sixty-ninth Pennsylvania Volunteers (the regiments engaged) behaved in the most gallant manner.
I am, major, very respectfully,
THOS. A. SMYTH.
Brigadier-General, of Volunteers, Commanding Brigade
Major J. M. NORVELL,