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About 4 o'clock, I received an order from Maj.-Gen. Longstreet to go into the fight. At once, I moved in line toward the field; but the wood and other obstructions forced me to form column and send my regiments in successively. Arriving on the field, I discovered that the brigade on my right had been repulsed, and that my command were exposed to a destructive fire on the flank as well as in front. Nevertheless, they stood their ground, and sustained the unequal combat until reenforced by the brigade of Gen. Gregg. We did no:, return to our original position until the enemy had abandoned the field and surrendered his artillery into our possession. In this engagement, my loss was uncommonly heavy in officers as well as men. The 14th Alabama, bearing the brunt of the struggle, was nearly annihilated, I crossed the Chicka-hominy on the 26th, with 1,400 men. In the fights that followed, I suffered a loss of 849 killed and wounded, and 11 missing.Col. J. B. Strange, commanding 3d brigade, 2d division of Longstreet's corps, in his report of this fight, says:
The brigade carried into action 723 muskets; and of this small number the loss was 228, including 4 officers killed and 13 wounded.Gen. C. M. Wilcox reports the loss of his Alabama brigade in this battle at 471. Among the Rebel wounded were Brig.-Gens. Anderson and Featherston. It is probable that the respective losses here were about equal.
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