While marching in the direction of Appomattox Court House, he [Ayers] heard the sound of skirmishing in front. It was the rebel Gordon seeking to break through the cavalry and retreat south. Ayers double-clicked toward the sound of the guns, threw his division into line, and drove back the enemy, some of them through Appomattox Court House. While bearing back the enemy, he was met by the fag of truce. Pursuit and firing cease.
Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Maine, for the year expires December 31, 1866, Augusta: Stevens & Sayward, Pringers to the State. 1867, p. 486