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Ques.: Were you in the battle of Malvern? Answer: Yes, sir; and at that place we won a great victory. Q.: Could you have gone into Richmond after that fight? A.: I have no doubt we could. The day before, I had had a fight at Glendale; and, under the orders. I had to leave my wounded behind me, and I left two surgeons to take care of them. The enemy, in coming to Malvern, had to march right by my hospital. My surgeons afterward reported to me that, about 3 P. M. on the day of the battle of Malvern, the enemy commenced falling back, and kept it up all night; that they were totally demoralized. many of the men going off into the woods and trying to conceal themselves from their officers; and that they were two days collecting their forces together. Q.: Had the defeat of the enemy at Malvern been followed up by our whole force, what would have been the probable result? A.: Richmond would have been ours beyond a doubt. Q.: Instead of that, you fell back to Harrison's Landing? A. : Yes, sir. We were ordered to retreat; and it was like the retreat of a whipped army. We retreated like a parcel of sheep; everybody on the road at the same time: and a few shots from the Rebels would have panic-stricken the whole command.
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