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[84] picket duty along the Garnett field, in front of which several rebel regiments marched about dark. Some of the men crawled into the wheat and shot three of the field-officers as they marched by. When Sedgwick crossed the Chickahominy they immediately communicated with him, remained all night upon the picket line, with the enemy in their front and rear, and on Sunday, at nine A. M., came in, bringing more prisoners than the entire number of men in their ranks.

Second Lieut. Rice, of the Eleventh Maine, was very sick in the hospital, where there were a number of the same regiment. After the fight grew warm he exclaimed: “Boys, every one of you that can hold up his head, follow me.” More than twenty followed him. He shouldered a musket, and all joined their regiment and fought most gallantly. Rice, after seventeen rounds, delivered with deadly effect, for he was an excellent shot, was severely wounded in the thigh, and was carried from the field.

Company E, One Hundred and Fourth Pennsylvania, Capt. Harvey, Lieut. Croll, and fifty-eight men were extended on picket duty from the railroad to the corner, at the intersection of theNine-mile road with the road to Garnett's house; when, about three P. M., the enemy approached, but left them unmolested after firing some scattering shots, during which time we took thirteen prisoners. After five P. M. the enemy again appeared in force along this entire line. With the assistance of their supports he was held in check for nearly an hour, when, finding themselves surrounded, they were taken prisoners. Capt. Harvey was placed in charge of an officer with five men, and was marching off when a shell struck and killed the officer. The Captain, taking advantage of the confusion, made his escape, four of the men following his example.

On Saturday, Lieut.-Col. Hoyt, of the Fifty-second Pennsylvania, was in charge of the pioneers of the first brigade, and two companies of the same regiment, building a bridge which I had directed to be built across the Chickahominy. Remaining upon the ground and informing himself of the proceedings upon the extreme right, he rendered most valuable service by advising Gen. Sumner, as soon as he crossed the swamp, of the precise position of our forces and those of the enemy. After which, the enemy having pressed down between the railroad and Gen. Sumner, Lieut.-Col. Hoyt, with the above and some of the One Hundredth New-York, that were driven in from the picket lines near the Chickahominy, remained with Gen. Sumner until Sunday, and behaved well. After leaving the battle-field at dark, the brigade, numbering over one thousand, was marched to the right rifle-pits of the rear defences, but vacated them at the request of Gen. Kearney, and occupied those on the left, with the other brigades of Casey's division, where we remained under arms, in the rain, all night.

I have shown, in the history of the battle of the Seven Pines, the conduct of every one of the regiments of the First brigade, from the time the first volley was fired, at noon, until the enemy, having driven our troops from the ground, near dark, cut off the retreat of the Fifty-second by the Williamsburgh road, and was still annoyed by its deadly fire.

The list of casualties shows that there were taken into the action eighty-four officers and one thousand six hundred and sixty-nine men; and that thirty-five officers and six hundred and three men were killed, wounded, and taken prisoners, being forty-two per cent of the former and thirty-seven per cent of the latter. Of the ninety-three of the Eleventh Maine that were led into the fight by Col. Plaisted, fifty-two were killed and wounded.

The brigade was among the last enlisted. It had been reduced more than one half by sickness. That it fought well none can deny, for it lost six hundred and thirty-eight of its number; bodies were found over every part of the field, and where these bodies lay were found double the number of the enemy.

The enemy, more generous than our friends, admit “that we fought most desperately, and against three entire divisions of his army, with two in reserve that, later in the day, were brought in.” For three and a half hours we contested every inch of ground with the enemy, and did not yield in that time the half of a mile. We fought from twelve M. until half-past 3 P. M., with but little assistance, and until dark with our comrades of other regiments and of other divisions wherever we could be of service, and when, at dark, the enemy swept all before him, we were the last to leave the ground.

I am most happy to refer to the kind treatment extended by the enemy to many of the wounded of the brigade that were taken prisoners.

Since the battle of Seven Pines, now nearly three weeks, a force ten times that of Casey and Conch has not been able to regain the line of outposts established by the First brigade on the twenty-sixth of May; our present line being half a mile in rear thereof.

None of the brigade, regimental, or company baggage was lost. Some of the shelter-tents, knapsacks, and blankets, fell into the hands of the enemy, which was the natural consequence of being encamped in close proximity with the outposts.

Conduct such as this, if it be not worthy of commendation, should not call forth censure, for censure undeserved chills the ardor and daring of the soldier, and dishonors both the living and the dead.

Very respectfully, etc.,

Naglee, Brigadier-General. To Lieut. Foster, A. A.A. Gen., Casey's Division, Army of the Potomac.


General Peck's report.

Peck's headquarters, intrenched camp, near seven Pines, Va.
Capt. F. A. Walker, Assist. Adjutant-General:
On moving to the “Seven Pines” on the twenty-ninth of May, I was ordered to occupy and guard the left flank of the encampment with my command, this being regarded as the weaker part of the line.


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