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[301] battery joined me just as the retreat commenced, and was ably handled. The roads and woods were shelled, and the enemy scattered in every direction. The pursuit was continued some four miles, when I met General Jackson, who was in advance, and by his orders halted all the artillery, except two pieces of Chew's battery. The enemy being again driven from their ambuscade, I followed with my command to a point some eight or nine miles below Port Republic, when I received orders to return and camp with my wagons, which order was executed — my advance reaching camp, on the summit of the Blue Ridge, at Brown's Gap, at midnight, and the batteries at daylight. It again affords me sincere and great gratification to bear testimony to the courage, gallantry, fortitude, and good conduct of the officers and men under my command, and to them I return my heartfelt thanks. They fought gallantly and desperately, as our holy cause urged them to do, and though temporarily repulsed, it was only from overwhelming numbers. Although exposed to such a withering fire, the killed are few in number, a kind Providence having guarded many from the great dangers to which they were exposed. Colonels Allen and Ronald were so far separated from me, I must refer to their respective reports for the operations of their regiments. To my staff, Captain O'Brien, Lieutenants Howard and Garnett, I tender my sincere thanks for their assistance in transmitting my orders to different points, (though under heavy fire frequently, after the fight became general, ever ready and prompt.) The casualties were: two officers and eleven rank and file killed, six officers and one hundred and forty-eight rank and file wounded, and thirty-two rank and file missing, making a total of one hundred and ninety-nine. The strength of the brigade was one thousand three hundred and thirteen rank and file. For detailed accounts of the affair I respectfully refer to the reports of the several commanders, herewith transmitted.

I am, sir, very respectfully,

Charles S. Winder, Brigadier-General Commanding.


Report of Second brigade.

headquarters Second brigade, V. D., camp near Mount meridian, June 14, 1862.
Major R. L. Dabney, A. G., V. D.:
Major: In obedience to your order, I beg leave to submit to you the following report of the operations of my brigade in the battle of the ninth instant near Port Republic.

On arriving on the field of battle, the Fifty-second regiment, under Lieutenant-Colonel Skinner, was ordered to take position on the left flank, in order to support General Winder's brigade, then engaged with the enemy. The Forty-fourth and Fifty-eighth; under my command, were ordered to take position in the woods on the right of the road, and on our right flank in the rear of General Taylor's brigade, which was thrown forward for the purpose of cutting off the most advanced batteries of the enemy. We were ordered to support General Taylor. In a short time after the Fifty-second reached their position on our left flank, General Winder's brigade was driven back, and the Fifty-second, advancing to their support, were also overpowered and driven back, and the enemy advanced. Seeing this, General Ewell ordered my brigade, now consisting of the Forty-fourth and Fifty-eighth, to charge the enemy diagonally across the field. This they did, with loud cheers, which caused the enemy to fall back; but as General Ewell was with the brigade the remainder of the battle, I refer you to his report for an account of its subsequent operations.

In this action, Lieutenant Walker, of company E, in the Forty-fourth regiment, highly distinguished himself for his gallantry. The Fifty-eighth had four killed and eighteen wounded. The Forty-fourth had fifteen killed and thirty-five wounded, nearly one half of those present at the battle. The Fifty-second had twelve killed and sixty-five wounded, and seven missing. Amongst those were Lieutenant G. W. Seaford, killed, and Captain P. Moore and Lieutenant W. Ridgeway, wounded, in the Fifty-eighth. Lieutenant William H. Robertson, killed, and Captain John T. Martin, Captain Thomas R. Buckner, and Captain John S. Anderson, and Lieutenant Omohundro, Lieutenant James H. Hughes, wounded, in the Forty-fourth. Captain B. T. Walton, killed, and Lieutenant Lewis Harman, Lieutenant S. Brown, Lieutenant John Hanna, and Lieutenant James White, wounded, in the Fifty-second.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. C. Scott, Commanding Brigade.


Report of General Taliaferro.

headquarters Third brigade, V. D., camp near Port Republic, June 18, 1862.
To Major R. L. Dabney, A. A. G.:
Major: I have the honor to make a brief report of the operations of my brigade on the eighth and ninth instant.

On the morning of the eighth, my camp, on the north side of the Shenandoah, was disturbed by the sound of artillery, close under the hills below us, and apparently in the town of Port Republic. I immediately ordered the brigade to be formed, and, as it was about to be formed for instruction, the regiments were speedily in line. I received orders to move the regiments as they were formed to the bridge, which was done. On reaching the crest of the hill overlooking the town and river, I perceived that a party of the enemy, consisting of some cavalry and two fieldpieces, had penetrated the town, and that a piece was planted at the mouth of the bridge commanding its entrance, and the whole distance through it. I found Major-General Jackson on the hill, in person, directing the fire of some of our pieces, and he ordered me to charge across the bridge, capture the piece, and occupy the town. We were exposed to considerable fire from the enemy's guns in crossing the hill, and


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