xth Louisiana, and Major Wheat, of the battalion, on the left; Colonel Stafford, of the Ninth, in the centre, and Colonel Kelley, of the Eighth, on the right — all acted with the most determined gallantry, and were as gallantly supported by their officers and men. Members of each of the regiments engaged in the charge were found dead under the guns of the captured battery Captain Surget, A. A. General, distinguished himself greatly and rendered the most important service on the left.
Lieutenant Hamilton, aidde-camp, gave me valuable assistance in rallying and re-forming the men, when driven back to the edge of the wood, as did Lieutenant Killmartin, of the Seventh Louisiana regiment, temporarily attached to my staff.
Circumstances unfortunately detained the Seventh regiment, under the gallant Colonel Hays, in another part of the field.
Its record of one hundred and fifty-six killed and wounded--fifty per cent of the number carried into action — shows the service it performed.