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[307] fire from the enemy's sharp-shooters, posted in a wood above the battery. After holding the battery for a short time, a fresh brigade of the enemy's troops, moving from their position on my left flank, and where they had been fronting the troops of Winder's brigade, made a determined and well-conducted advance upon us, accompanied by a galling fire of canister from a piece suddenly brought into position, at a distance of about three hundred and fifty yards. Under this combined attack, my command fell back to the skirts of the wood, near which the captured battery was stationed, and from this point continued their fire upon the advancing enemy, who succeeded in reclaiming only one gun, which he carried off, leaving both caisson and limber. At this moment our batteries in my rear opened fire, and reenforcements coming up, led by Major-General Ewell, the battle was decided in our favor, and the enemy precipitately fled. The Seventh regiment, Colonel Hays, being the regiment left in the front by order of General Jackson, was meanwhile engaged in another portion of the field, and suffered heavy loss. The guns captured by the brigade were five in number, and one other — a brass twelve-pound howitzer — was afterward discovered, deserted in the woods near the Brown's Gap road, by Lieutenant Dushene, quartermaster of Wheat's battalion, and by him brought off.

The loss of the brigade on this day was as follows:

Killed: Sixth Louisiana regiment, Lieutenant J. H. Didlake; Seventh Louisiana, Lieutenant A. G. Moore; Ninth Louisiana, Wm. A. Meigell.

Wounded : Colonel H. T. Hays, severely, but not dangerously, in the shoulder; Lieutenant Colonel C. De Chorseul, in the breast. Eighth Louisiana, Captain Le Crandell, slightly. Sixth Louisiana, Lieutenant James O. Martin, slightly; Lieutenant Farrar, slightly. Seventh Louisiana, Lieutenant Pendergast; Lieutenant W. C. Divin, known to be wounded and still missing; Lieutenant J. M. Brooks. Eighth Louisiana, Lieutenant Randolph, severely; Lieutenant L. P. Wren, severely and missing; Lieutenant R. Montgomery, slightly. Wheat's battalion, Lieutenant John Coyle; Lieutenant F. H. Ripley; Lieutenant McCarthy; Adjutant B. Putnam, severely; Lieutenant E. H. Cockroft, severely. Twenty-nine non-commissioned officers and privates killed, two hundred and forty wounded, and nine missing.

Recapitulation for the two actions of the eighth and ninth instant.

Officers, four killed; seventeen wounded. Non-commissioned officers and privates, thirty killed; two hundred and forty-seven wounded. Missing, nine privates. Entire loss of the brigade in killed, wounded, and missing, three hundred and seven.

The above record is a mere statement of facts; but no language can adequately describe the gallant conduct of the Eighth brigade in the action of the ninth instant. Disordered by the rapidity of their charge through a dense thicket, making the charge itself just as the loud cheers of the enemy proclaimed his success in another part of the field, assailed by a superior force in the front and on the flanks, with two batteries in position within point-blank range, nobly did the sons of Louisiana sustain the reputation of their State. Three times was the captured battery lost and won, the enemy fighting with great determination. Colonel Seymour, of the Sixth Louisiana, and Major Wheat, of the battalion, on the left; Colonel Stafford, of the Ninth, in the centre, and Colonel Kelley, of the Eighth, on the right — all acted with the most determined gallantry, and were as gallantly supported by their officers and men. Members of each of the regiments engaged in the charge were found dead under the guns of the captured battery Captain Surget, A. A. General, distinguished himself greatly and rendered the most important service on the left. Lieutenant Hamilton, aidde-camp, gave me valuable assistance in rallying and re-forming the men, when driven back to the edge of the wood, as did Lieutenant Killmartin, of the Seventh Louisiana regiment, temporarily attached to my staff. Circumstances unfortunately detained the Seventh regiment, under the gallant Colonel Hays, in another part of the field. Its record of one hundred and fifty-six killed and wounded--fifty per cent of the number carried into action — shows the service it performed.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. Taylor, Brigadier-General. Official: G. Campbell Brown, A. A. General.


Reports of Colonel W. C. Scott.

The brigade now commanded by me, was commanded manded by General George H. Stewart. It was annexed to the First Maryland previously, under the command of that officer. The whole brigade having advanced in this direction about four miles this side of Harrisonburgh, were marched back through the woods, toward Harrisonburgh, for the purpose of cutting off a regiment of the enemy, which we understood was following us. The Fifty-eighth Virginia was leading, the First Maryland next, the Forty-fourth Virginia next, and the Fifty-second last. We marched by the right flank. The Fifty-eighth was first engaged, the others drawn up in line of battle in the woods. Ultimately, General Stewart led the First Maryland and Forty-fourth by the right flank toward the main road, and then bending around toward the right, approached the place of combat, but halted then in the woods, when within one or two hundred yards of that place. We had remained halted but a few minutes, when General Ewell ordered us to charge bayonets. The First Maryland and Forty-fourth dashed forward at a rapid rate, and with loud cheers, until they came up with the Fifty-eighth, and on delivering their first fire, the enemy fled with precipitation. I am not sure they were not


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