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ere carried out. Enclosed you will find the report of Colonel Vaughan. A. P. Hill, Colonel Third Regiment, commanding Brigade. Col. E. K. Smith, A.-A. General. head-Quartbers, Third Tennessee regiment, Col. Hill's Brigade, June 19, 1861. A. P. Hill, Colonel, Commanding Brigade, C. S. A., Romney, Va.: I have the honor to report that on yesterday, at eight o'clock P. M., in pursuance of your order, I took two companies of the Thirteenth Virginia Volunteers, C. S. A., commanded by Captains Crittenden and White, and also two companies of the Third Tennessee regiment Volunteers, C. S. A., commanded by Captains Lilliards and Mathas, and advanced eighteen miles west to the line of the enemy, upon the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and found them posted in some strength, with two pieces of artillery, on the north bank of the Potomac, at the twenty-first railroad bridge on said road. The enemy had no pickets posted. At five o'clock A. M., after reconnoitring, I gave the order to charge
that the first act of resistance to the law is treason to the United States; the decisions of some of the most enlightened of the State judiciaries in repudiation of the dangerous dogma; the concurrent disavowal of it by the Marshalls, and Kents, and Storys, and McLeans, and Waynes, and Catrons, and Reverdy Johnsons, and Guthries, and all the really great jurists of the land; the brand of absurdity and wickedness which has been stamped upon it by Andrew Jackson, and Webster, and Clay, and Crittenden, and Everett, and Douglas, and Cass, and Holt, and Andrew Johnson, and Wickliffe, and Dickinson, and the great body of our truly eminent statesmen: these considerations and authorities present the doctrine of secession to me with one side only. But I do wish to inquire of my colleagues, if they have seriously reflected on the consequences of secession, should it come? Do you expect (as I have heard some of you declare) that the power and influence of Virginia are such that you will h
moved for by the Senator from Kentucky, and received the silent acquiescence of every Southern Senator present. The Crittenden proposition, too, was moved by another Senator from Kentucky-Mr. Crittenden--a man venerable for his years, loved for hMr. Crittenden--a man venerable for his years, loved for his virtues, and revered for his patriotism, which for forty-four years of public life he has devoted to the Union, and who, though he himself proved his courage fifty years ago upon the field of battle against a foreign foe, is still, thank God, for States' propositions were projected by a gentleman from Maryland, and presented by a member from Tennessee, and, with Mr. Crittenden's propositions, were repeatedly and severally rejected in this House by the almost unanimous vote of the Republicans. Mr. Crittenden's Compromise, which received the vote of every Southern member upon this floor, excepting one from Arkansas, never on any one occasion received one solitary vote from the Republicans in the Senate or House. The so-called Adams'
piece of artillery; while the commanding General, Robert S. Garnett, is killed — his body being now cared for by us — and fifteen or twenty more of the enemy are killed, and nearly fifty prisoners. Our own loss is two killed and six wounded, one dangerously. In concluding this report, I feel it my duty to state that, just as the action was closing, the head regiment of the body of troops under yourself, though starting, as I learn, some three hours later, the Sixth Indiana, under Colonel Crittenden, came up to the field in excellent order, but unfortunately too late to aid us in the battle. The conduct of those gallant officers, Colonels Barnett, Steedman, Dumont, and Milroy, with the steady perseverance of their officers, in their long and arduous march, suffering from hunger, rain, and cold, with their gallantry in action, was most heroic and beyond all praise of mine. Their country only can appreciate and reward their services. I have the honor to be, sir, very respectf