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[302] the Thirty-seventh regiment lost three men; but that regiment, Colonel Fulkerson, with the utmost gallantry, after delivering a fire, charged across the bridge, captured the piece, and chased the enemy from the village, killing and capturing several of them. Had I known the topography, we could have captured most of the enemy, but we made at first for the lower ford, which I supposed was the only one leading into the town. Lieutenant Duncan, of the Thirty-seventh, perceiving the enemy crossing at an upper ford, promptly detached a part of the regiment, and fired upon the retreating enemy at that point, but not in time to cut them off. I threw the Tenth, Colonel Warren, into the town, and occupied with that and the Thirty-seventh the fords near the town; placed a battery (Carrington's) on the hill on the west side, which commanded the upper fords, and sent the Twenty-third regiment to protect the ford near Weyer's Cave. In the mean time, the enemy's infantry, which had advanced toward the town, was driven back by the artillery in great confusion. Captain Wooding's battery of my brigade did beautiful service from its position; the precision and accuracy of its fire, and the terrible execution it effected, eliciting the admiration of all who witnessed it. In obedience to the orders of the commanding general, I occupied the town during the night, with part of my command, and was ordered, at dawn of the ninth, to reoccupy the position I had held on the eighth, so as to cooperate with General Trimble and Colonel Patton's brigades, which were to remain on the north side of the river. The other brigades of the army then passed me to attack Shields's troops down the valley. After the fight had lasted some time, I was ordered to move to the scene of action, which was accomplished by my men with wonderful celerity. I came up with the enemy at Lewis's house, and found them posted in the orchard and under the crest of a hill. General Taylor's Louisiana brigade occupied the hills on the right of the road, from which, with extraordinary gallantry, they had driven the enemy, capturing a full battery. At this point I could perceive that the enemy were leaving the orchard and slowly retreating down the flat. I hurried up my command as rapidly as possible, fired upon the enemy, who, after delivering two volleys at us from an entire regiment, became demoralized, broke and fled. We pursued them seven miles with the infantry, and captured between three and four hundred. I do not estimate the number taken by other troops. Captain Wooding's battery had, during this time, been rendering most effective service, and the effect of his shot was remarkable. By direction of Major-General Jackson, two pieces of his battery were pushed forward, and pursued the enemy with the cavalry for many miles beyond the infantry, rendering, under the eye of the commanding general, the most effective service.

In conclusion, I have to state that my brigade had the opportunity to take but little part in the glorious victory achieved by our troops on this day. They reached the battle-field only just be fore the enemy retreated, were under fire for a very short time, and only had the satisfaction of securing the fruit of the gallantry of others. Nevertheless, I trust I shall be pardoned for referring to the rapidity with which they pressed forward to the fight, and the zeal and gallantry manifested by officers and men. The Thirty-seventh regiment, Colonel Fulkerson, was in front, and captured most of the prisoners. Captain Wood and Lieutenant Duncan, of that regiment, rendered remarkable service, and Sergeant Samuel L. Gray, company D, Thirty-seventh, actually captured at one time a Federal captain and eleven of his men, all armed, and although fired upon by them, seized the captain's sword and made the men throw down their arms.

I am under obligations to the officers of my staff, Captain Pendleton, A. A. G.; Lieutenant Taliaferro, A. D. C., and Major Stanard, Brigade Commissary, for their services and gallant con duct. Colonel Fulkerson, in the advance, managed his command admirably, and Colonel Warren, Tenth Virginia, and Lieutenant-Colonel Carter, Twenty-third, kept their commands closed up, and all in hand for action.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

William B. Taliaferro, Brigadier-General Commanding Third Brigade, V. D.


Report of the Fourth brigade.

headquarters Fourth brigade, June 14, 1862.
Major James Barbour, A. A. General:
I have the honor to report the movements of the regiments under my command, on the eighth and ninth of the present month.

On the morning of the eighth, General Elzey ordered me to take my own (Thirteenth Virginia) and the Twenty-fifth Virginia regiment, Lieutenant-Colonel Duffey commanding,and proceed to the right of our lines, to prevent an attempt to turn that flank. We moved by the right flank until I thought we were on the enemy's extreme left, and then sending two companies forward, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Terrill, as skirmishers, we advanced in line across the cleared ground and through the wood beyond, without encountering the enemy. When the skirmishers reached the skirt of the woods near Ever's house, they reported a large body of the enemy close at hand. I halted my command, and, going forward to reconnoitre, found a large force of infantry, probably a brigade, and a battery in a wheat-field, about four hundred yards from our position. Finding myself entirely separated from our troops on the left, and perceiving the enemy were moving a regiment through the woods to our right, I deemed it best to withdraw to the woods and await the coming of other troops. I did so, and encountered General Trimble's brigade advancing on our left. General Trimble informed me that he was going forward to charge the enemy's battery, and directed me to advance on his right. This I did, again sending Colonel Terrill forward with skirmishers. He soon encountered the enemy's skirmishers,


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