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head-Quartbers, Third Tennessee regiment, Col. Hill's Brigade, June 19, 1861.
A. P. Hill, Colonel, Commanding Brigade, C. S. A., Romney, Va.:
I have the honor to report that on yesterday, at eight o'clock P. M., in pursuance of your order, I took two companies of the Thirteenth Virginia Volunteers, C. S. A., commanded by Captains Crittenden and White, and also two companies of the Third Tennessee regiment Volunteers, C. S. A., commanded by Captains Lilliards and Mathas, and advanced eighteen miles west to the line of the enemy, upon the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and found them posted in some strength, with two pieces of artillery, on the north bank of the Potomac, at the twenty-first railroad bridge on said road. The enemy had no pickets posted. At five o'clock A. M., after reconnoitring, I gave the order to charge the enemy, which command, I beg leave to say, was gallantly executed, and in good order, but with great enthusiasm. As we appeared in sight, at a distance of four hundred yards, the enemy broke and fled in all directions, firing as they ran only a few random shots, one of which, however, I regret to say, entered the arm of private Smith, of Captain Lilliard's company, which was in advance, wounding him slightly. The enemy did not wait to fire their artillery, which we captured, consisting of two loaded guns, both of which, however, were spiked by the enemy before they fled. From the best information their number was between two and three hundred. I do not know the loss of the enemy, but several of them were seen to fall. We did not take any prisoners, owing to the start the enemy got, and of our having left in the rear all the horses belonging to my command. I then ordered the twenty-first railroad bridge to be burnt, which was done, and in a few minutes only the piers remained. In further pursuance of your order, I then retired, bringing with me the two guns. The enemy's flag, which I forgot to mention, was captured, and other articles of little value. I cannot close without bringing to your notice the gallant conduct of both officers and men, who were each at their posts, and burning to engage the enemy; and, when the order to charge was given, rushed forward with enthusiasm, wading the river to their waists. I arrived here this evening, the spirits of my men in nowise flagged.

John C. Vaughan, Colonel Commanding, Third Tennessee Volunteers, Confederate States Army.

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