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t, at Cross-Keys, they were opposed to three of the enemy's regiments in succession. My staff at Cross-Keys consisted of Lieutenant-Colonel J. M. Jones and Major James Barbour, Adjutant-General's Department; Lieutenants G. Campbell Brown, and T. T. Turner, aids; and Captain Hugh M. Nelson, volunteer aid. These officers were much eto get the brigade to advance still nearer the enemy. I inclose this report, and recommend the officer to executive favor. Lieutenant-Colonel J. M. Jones, Major James Barbour, Lieutenant T. T. Turner, and Captain Hugh M. Nelson, of my staff, rendered valuable service in rallying the broken troops. Lieutenent G. Campbell Brown waWilliam B. Taliaferro, Brigadier-General Commanding Third Brigade, V. D. Report of the Fourth brigade. headquarters Fourth brigade, June 14, 1862. Major James Barbour, A. A. General: I have the honor to report the movements of the regiments under my command, on the eighth and ninth of the present month. On the morni
ndred and eighty-seven. My staff at Gaines's Mill or Cold Harbor consisted of Lieutenant-Colonel J. M. Jones, Adjutant-General's Department; Acting Inspector-General Major James Barbour, and Captain G. C. Brown, A. A. General's Department, and Lieutenant Hugh M. Nelson, A. D. C., who was slightly wounded. At Malvern Hill, the ist of the names having been furnished, a more precise statement in this report is not deemed necessary. Colonels Lane and Cowan and Lieutenant-Colonels Haywood, Barbour, Hoke, and Perdie, all of whom commanded their regiments during the whole or part of the week, merit especial commendation. There are many officers whose good co from the three missing companies, engaged the enemy in the woods, and were exposed to a hot fire, when fresh troops came up and relieved us temporarily. Major James Barbour, General Elzey's Assistant Adjutant-General, approached me soon afterward, and requested me to take my command to the support of a portion of his forces, wh
ement being conducted with secrecy. Colonel Wm. E. Jones, (Seventh Virginia cavalry,) being in advance, captured a party of the enemy's cavalry, but was kept at bay for some time by the enemy occupying a wood near Brandy; but having received a fresh supply of ammunition, pushed boldly forward this regiment by the road, General Robertson, with his main body, Sixth, Twelfth, and Seventeenth Virginia cavalry, keeping, by my direction, to the left, so as to sweep across the open country toward Barbour's, and flank the enemy's position. The enemy's force engaging us appeared to be cavalry only, and gave way gradually along the road toward Rappahannock Station; but, about midway between Brandy and Rappahannock, made a determined stand, in solid columns of squadrons, on the ridge, with skirmishers, mounted, deployed to the front, with which Jones soon became engaged with unequal force. I knew the country to be too much intersected by ditches to render operations free, and considered it ne