R. McChesney, and Lieutenant H. S. Parks--I owe especial thanks for the manner they served upon the field, conveying my orders wherever required through a hail-storm of shot, shells, and bullets, regardless of all save the performance of their duty.
During the conflict, it being necessary, in the absence of staff-officers on duty, to make use of orderlies to supply their places, in connection herewith I take great pleasure in testifying to the brave conduct of orderlies A. T. Freeman and Abijah Lee of my escort.
Amid the glorious results of a battle won, it gives me pain to record the names of the gallant men who offered up their lives on the altar of their country.
But we must drop the tear of sorrow o'er their resting-places and offer our heartfelt sympathies to their relatives and friends, trusting that God will care for them and soothe their afflictions.
And while we remember the noble dead, let us pay a tribute of respect to the gallant Colonel T. D. Williams, Twenty-fifth