Doc. 206.-fight at Fayetteville, Va.
Colonel Toland's report.
Hadquarters Thirty-Fourth regiment, O. V. I., on the steamer Mary Cook, Ohio River, September 17, 1862.sir: I have the honor to report the following engagements of the forces under my command, during the four days commencing September tenth, 1862, and ending September thirteenth, 1862. On Wednesday, the tenth inst., I ordered four companies under command of Lieut.-Col. Franklin, Thirty-fourth regiment O. V. I., to make a reconnoissance to Cassidy's Mills, two companies to go on the Laurel Creek road, and the remaining two on the Raleigh road. He did not discover the enemy. Soon after the engagement had commenced in town, I sent a division under command of Capt. H. C. Hatfield, Co. A, to our right to skirmish and protect our train on the Gauley road. I then advanced with the two remaining divisions and attacked the enemy on his left, who was posted in the woods on the summit of a steep hill, overlooking my advance. After three hours fighting with a heavy loss, being unable to gain the woods, I retired to the base of the hill, from which I had engaged the enemy, leaving a number of skirmishers on the field until after dark. The four companies under Lieut.-Col. Franklin, returned about seven o'clock P. M. About ten o'clock P. M., I ordered two of said companies under command of Capt. J. A. Anderson, Co. I, to try and ascertain the strength of the enemy on his left flank. By skirmishing, with a loss of several wounded, he was found in heavy force. This caused him to place a picket near the Gauley road. On our retreat on the morning of the eleventh, the head of my column was fired on by the pickets of the enemy on the Gauley road, who were driven in, but firing soon followed from the left flank of the enemy, on my whole column. I succeeded, however, in passing, but with a loss of several wounded and missing. During the engagement at Charlestown, Va., several of my command were wounded by shell. The casualties were one commissioned officer and twelve enlisted men killed; six commissioned officers and seventy-four enlisted men wounded; one commissioned officer and thirty-five enlisted men missing. Aggregate, one hundred and twenty-nine. The command fought bravely, the officers particularly, who did much to encourage the men, and considering our exposed position, and the heavy force of the enemy, fought in good order. I had two horses killed under me, the first pierced with four balls, the second with three. I, however, escaped uninjured. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
John T. Toland, Colonel Commanding Thirty-fourth Regiment, O. V. I.