General J. B. Gordon's report of battle of Hatcher's Run.
headquarters Second corps, A. N. V., February 9, 1865. Lieutenant-Colonel W. H. Taylor, A. A. G., A. N. V.:
Colonel — I have the honor to submit the following brief report of the fighting on the west side of Hatcher's run on the 6th instant.
On the morning of that day, Pegram's division moved out from camp to reconnoitre--one brigade moving near the run and the other farther to the right and along the Vaughn road.
In these positions the brigades were vigorously attacked by both cavalry and infantry in heavy force.
They were pressed slowly back, bravely resisting the enemy's advance.
Gordon's division, Brigadier-General Evans commanding, sent forward in support, formed on Pegram's left, charged and drove the enemy before it, but was finally forced by superior numbers to retire.
It was readily reformed near the enemy's lines, and again advanced with spirit while Pegram charged on the right.
The enemy was again
d upon by a distant battery of the enemy, posted in the direction of the battle-field of Manassas.
This artillery was driven off, and retreated in the direction of Centreville.
Soon after, a considerable body of Federal infantry, under Brigadier-General Taylor, of New Jersey, came in sight — having, it is believed, that morning left Alexandria in the cars — and boldly pushed forward to recover the position and stores which had been lost the previous night.
The advance was made with great spireating, and, being subjected to a heavy fire from our batteries, was soon routed, leaving its killed and wounded upon the field.
Several brigades of General Hill's division pressed forward in pursuit.
In this conflict the Federal commander, General Taylor, was mortally wounded.
Battle of Manassas (on the 29th)--Assault after assault was made on the left, exhibiting on the part of the enemy great pertinacity and determination, but every advance was most successfully and gallantly driven back