44.-battle of Lewisburgh, Va.
Colonel Crook's order.
headquarters Third brigade, Lewisburgh, May 25, 1862.
it affords the undersigned great pleasure in congratulating the troops of his command on their brilliant success of the twenty-third inst. We were attacked by a greatly superior force, who not only had the choice of position, but had the morale of the attack.
The Thirty-sixth and Forty-fourth regiments formed line of battle under fire — a movement that veteran troops find ver submission.
These people have a deep horror of personal danger.
They are unprincipled enough to be guerrillas, where they can, from a safe covert, attack the unsuspecting; but such square, open fighting as we gave them on the morning of the twenty-third, appalls them fearfully.
Gen. Heath confessed his defeat by at once burning the Greenbrier Bridge as soon as he had passed it with his fugitives.
Had the ground been favorable for a cavalry pursuit, we should have taken many more prisoners