9th Corps Assault at the Shand House against Dimmock Batteries 14 and 15 -- June 16-17, 1864
Shind or Shand? It's "Shand" like your "hand."
"At the first dawn of day in the morning of the 17th, the division of General Potter (Ninth Corps) carried, in the most gallant manner, the redans and lines on the ridge where the Shind or Shand house stood, capturing four guns, five colors, 600 prisoners, and 1,500 stands of small arms. The troops, Griffin's and Curtin's brigades of Potter's division, were formed in two lines in a deep ravine with precipitous slopes, close up to the works they were to attack. They were ordered not to fire a shot, but to depend on the bayonet. The command, Forward, was passed along the lines in whispers, and the lines, without firing a shot, at once swept over the enemy's works, taking them completely by surprise, and carrying everything before them. The Confederate troops were asleep, with their arms in their hands." -- A. A. Humphreys, The Virginia Campaign
June 16.— "'We marched all night in the direction of Petersburg; halted at 8 a. m. for coffee; rested till 10 a. m.; marched to within four miles of Petersburg, and formed line of battle in support of the First Brigade. The regiments went on picket, skirmishing all night.' ... [The pontoon bridge over Jame River] was located near Fort Powhattan or Wilcox's Landing, and the corps after crossing, marched on the road to Old Prince George Court House, and thence by the most direct road, coming upon the Petersburg line east of Harrison Creek and between the "Dunn House" and the Shand House, the interval corresponding with the line afterward included between Fort Stedman and Fort Morton. The Eighteenth Corps had carried the extreme right of the enemy's line from Appomattox River to near the Dunn House, on the 15th. On the 16th the Second Corps had advanced and seized the Hare House on the high hill where Fort Stedman was afterward built. The Shand House stood on the east side of Harrison Creek, and three-fourths of a mile due east of the site of Fort Morton. Harrison Creek took its rise on the Shand place in an almost impervious swamp, and flowed nearly due north about parallel with the Confederate lines, and emptied into the Appomattox River between Fort McGilvery and Battery V.
"About half a mile south of Mr. Dunn was the residence of Mr. Shand, held by the rebels ... The house was a large two-story structure, fronting east, painted white, with great chimneys at either end, shaded by buttonwoods and gum trees, and a peach orchard in rear. Fifty paces from the front door was a narrow ravine, fifteen or twenty feet deep, with a brook, fed by springs, trickling northward. West of the house, about the same distance, was another brook, the two adjoining about twenty rods north of the house. A rebel brigade held this tongue of land, with four guns beneath the peach trees.Their main line of breastworks were along the edge of the ravine east of the house. South, and on higher ground, was a redan -- a strong work with two guns that enfiladed the ravine.Yet General Burnside thought that if he could get his troops into line unperceived, he could take the tongue of land, which would break the rebel line and compel them to evacuate the redan." Charles Carleton Coffin (as quoted in Oliver Christian Bosbyshell, The Forty Eighth [PA] in the War, pages 159-160