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Doc. 22.-negro troops at Fort Wagner. Report of Major T. B. Brooks. headquarters Department of the South, Engineer's office, Folly Island, S. C., Dec. 10, 1863. General: In accordance with your instructions, I have the honor to submit the following statement, relating to the amount and nature of the fatigue-duty performed by the colored troops of this command, as compared with the white, in those portions of our recent operations against the defences of Charleston harbor, which wer whites were more skilful, and had to be employed on the more difficult part of the work, comprising about one fifth of the whole. We found the black soldier more timorous than the white, but in a corresponding degree more docile and obedient, doing just what he was told to the best of his ability, but seldom with enthusiasm. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, T. B. Brooks, Major, A. D. C., and Assistant Engineer. Major-General Q. A. Gillmore, Commanding Department of the South.
be a useless destruction of life to force a passage over Clynch Mountain, and the division moved down to Blain's Gap Roads, and, joined General Shackleford in the rear of the enemy. Colonel Graham, commanding the Second brigade, Second division of cavalry, reports that he marched from camp near the brigade over Powell River, on the main Cumberland Gap road, on the twenty-seventh of November, moving via Tazewell to Walker's Ford. On the twenty-eighth, crossed the Clynch, and bivouacked at Brooks's, four miles distant. On the twenty-ninth, he moved to Maynardsville, and on the thirtieth thence toward Knoxville, sending a detachment of the Fifth Indiana cavalry in advance. Having proceeded fifteen miles, he came up with a rebel patrolling party, and soon afterward learned that a considerable force was at Blain's Cross-Roads. He moved back to Maynardsville, and on the morning of December first his pickets were attacked at the Gap, four miles below Maynardsville, on the Knoxville road
y warlike. Immediately after the soldiers arrived, squads, mounted upon all the horses that could be found, were started out in every direction in pursuit--Colonel Brooks in charge of one, Lieutenant Horner another, etc. Up to this writing, nine P. M., some twelve prisoners have been captured, and the pursuit still kept up afte John Neer, company G, Fifty-fourth, slightly; William Decker, company G, Fifty-fourth, slightly; George Ross, company C, Fifty-fourth, slightly; Thomas Jeffries, Brooks's regiment, severely; William G. Hart, soldier, severely; John Jenkins, citizen, severely; William Gilman, citizen, severely; John Trimble, slightly; Sanford RoyeMessrs. Jenkins, Hart, and Goodrich are dead, having died at five, half-past 10, and half-past 11 o'clock, respectively, this morning, making a total of seven killed. Colonel Brooks's squad, going up through the O'Hair settlement, recaptured Levi Freisner, and also the guard of butternuts placed over him, six or eight in all.