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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 6. (ed. Frank Moore) 3 1 Browse Search
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won, should be a lofty shaft, pure and spotless, bearing this inscription: To the unknown and unrecorded dead. The members of my staff arduously engaged in their several duties before, during and since the prolonged engagement, are deserving of mention in this report. Lieut.-Colonels George Garner and G. W. Brent, and Captain P. H. Thompson, Adjutant-General's Department; First Lieutenants Towson, Ellis, and S. Parker, regular Aids-de-Camp; Lieut.-Colonel Baird, Inspector-General; Lieut.-Col. A. J. Hays, P. A. Major; Major James Stainbridge, Louisiana Infantry, and Major Clarelate, Seventh Alabama volunteers; Acting Assistant Inspector-General; Lieut.-Colonel L. W. P. Bannon, Chief Quarter-master; Major J. J. Walker, Chief Commissary; Major F. Mallory and G. M. Hillyer, Assistants; Lieutenant-Colonel H. Alidouskin, Chief of Ordnance; Captains W. H. Warren and O. T. Gibbs, and Lieutenant W. F. Johnson, Assistants; Captain S. W. Steele, Acting Chief of Artillery, and Lieutenants H. C.
icksburgh, and may, we suppose, be regarded as the battle of Salem Church. The result of this fight was, that our men drove the enemy back fully a mile in the direction of Fredericksburgh. The closing engagements occurred along the line of the plank-road and toward Banks's Ford, by which route the enemy succeeded in recrossing the river. The troops engaged on our side were the divisions of Anderson and McLaws, who held the positions nearest the river, on the upper line, and the brigades of Hays, Hoke, and Lawton on the lower line; whilst the Mississippians, under Barksdale, and Smith's brigade of Early's division, guarded the rear from an attack outward from Fredericksburgh — the heights having been previously taken, without the firing of a gun, on Monday morning by Gordon's brigade, with charged bayonets. This was a glorious achievement, the crowning act of the great drama. It may be fitly called, we think, the rout at Banks's Ford. In order to give some idea of this great occ