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Doc. 15.-retreat of General Banks. General Banks's report. headquarters Army Shenandoah, June, 1862. Hon. E. M. Stanton, Secretary of War: information was received on the evening of May twenty-third that the enemy in very large force had descended on the guard at Front Royal, Col. Kenly, First Maryland regiment, commanding, burning the bridges and driving our troops toward Strasburgh with great loss. Owing to what was deemed an extravagant statement of the enemy's strength, these reports were received with some distrust; but a regiment of infantry, with a strong detachment of cavalry and a section of artillery, were immediately sent to reinforce Col. Kenly. Later in the evening, despatches from fugitives who had escaped to Winchester informed us that Col. Kenly's force had been destroyed, with but few exceptions, and the enemy, fifteen or twenty thousand strong, were advancing by rapid marches on Winchester. Orders were immediately given to halt the reenforcements se
Army of the Potomac: sir: The following is my report of the operations of the Fourth corps in the battle of the thirty-first May and first June: The Fourth corps, being in the advance, crossed the Chickahominy at Bottom's Bridge, the twenty-third of May, and encamped two miles beyond. Two days later I received orders to advance on the Williamsburgh read, and take up and fortify the nearest strong position to a fork of roads called the Seven Pines. The camp I selected, and which was the stores, the loss from sickness has been great, especially with the officers. Yet a party from my division took possession of the railroad-bridge across the Chickahominy, driving the enemy from it, and my division took the advance on the twenty-third day of May, and, by an energetic reconnoissance, drove the enemy beyond the Seven Pines. Notwithstanding all these drawbacks, and the fact that there were not five thousand men in line of battle, they withstood for three hours the attack of an ove
dvance. Such forces were not at my disposal, and no such expectations were entertained from the slender command of Col. Kenly. It was a guerrilla force, and not an organized and well-appointed army that he was prepared to meet. On the twenty-third of May, it was discovered that the whole force of the enemy was in movement down the Valley of the Shenandoah, between the Massanutten Mountain and the Blue Ridge, and in close proximity to the town. Their cavalry had captured a considerable numservant, N. P. Banks, Major-General Commanding. Lieutenant Thompson's account. Hagerstown, May 29, 1862. Messrs. Editors of the Baltimore American: According to promise I give you a brief account of the battle of Friday, the twenty-third day of May. Having been relieved from picket duty on the morning of the battle, I was lounging about in my tent, between two and three o'clock P. M., when a negro man came riding into camp much excited, stating that the rebels had taken the town
under his immediate command but lack the opportunity to emulate the gallantry and share the glory of their comrades of the army of the Kanawha. This circular will be read at the head of every regiment or separate corps in this army. By order of Major-General Fremont. Albert Tracy, Colonel, and Assistant Adjutant-General. Cincinnati Commercial account. camp Third provisional brigade, Meadow Bluff, Western Virginia, June 6, 1862. A battle was fought at Lewisburgh on the twenty-third of May, between the Thirty-sixth and Forty-fourth Ohio regiments, under command of Col. George Crook, Acting Brigadier-General, and three thousand rebel troops, under Gen. Heath. Without doubt, it was the most brilliant and complete victory ever won in Western Virginia, and it is quite unjust to the brave Buckeye boys engaged, and to their many loving friends at home, that no notice whatever has been taken of the gallant affair. Gen. Heath came up with great rapidity and boldness, drivin