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General Lee's Adjutant-General, is offered.
This report was made to General Lee, because Colonel Lee commanded a battalion of reserve artillery, reporting directly to General Lee, and in no way connected with either Generals Longstreet or Jackson, both of whom had their own artillery with their respective commands.
The report reads thus, and is copied freely, as it gives an artillerist's description of ground, distances, &c.:
headquarters battalion of light artillery, camp near Winchester, Va., October 2, 1862. Lieutenant-Colonel R. H. Chilton, Adjutant-General, A. N. V.:
Colonel — I have the honor to make the following report of the part taken by the battalion of artillery under my command in the battle of Manassas Plains, August 30, 1862.
The battalion received orders on the evening of the 29th near Thoroughfare Gap to march to the front during the night, and after a tedious march, encamped about dawn on the morning of the 30th on the pike leading from Gainesville to