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[308] flying before, as I could not run as fast as the men, and did not get up as soon as they did. The Fifty-eighth bore the brunt of the battle and fought gallantly. As reinforcements were advancing on the part of the enemy, we were ordered to retire toward the rear. The Fifty-second did not accompany these movements, but remained in the woods, drawn up in line of battle, where the brigade was first formed, Colonel Skinner, the commander, informing me that he heard no orders to move.

In this action the Fifty-eighth lost eleven killed, and thirty-nine wounded, and three missing. The Forty-fourth and Fifty-second lost none. I do not know the loss of the First Maryland.

Respectfully submitted.

W. C. Scott, Colonel Forty-fourth Regiment Virginia Volunteers.
P. S.--In this action, General Ashby was killed.

The battle near Port Republic.

In this action, in the early part of the day, I only commanded the Forty-fourth regiment. The Fifty-eighth Virginia was placed in rear of our batteries, on the left flank, to support them. The Fifty-second was further in the rear. The Forty-fourth was divided into two parts, and each part thrown forward as skirmishers. One part, under Major Cobb, skirmished the wood, near our most advanced battery on our left; the other part, under Captain Buckner, skirmished the wood near the main road to our front. This latter first came in contact with the enemy, and being overpowered, retired and formed a junction with the first part. They were then attacked by two regiments of the enemy, and after the exchange of a few rounds, the Forty-fourth, under Major Cobb, gallantly charged them with the bayonet, drove them back, killing several, (one with the bayonet,) and taking five prisoners. The Forty-fourth numbered, in the fight, about one hundred and twenty or one hundred and thirty men. The Forty-fourth and Fifty-eighth then waited, but the enemy not approaching very near, except the sharp-shooters, there was no regular fight. I do not know the locality of the Fifty-second in the evening, as I was with the Forty-fourth and Fifty-eighth, and momentarily expecting an attack.

In this engagement the Forty-fourth lost one killed and three wounded. The Fifty-second had two killed and twenty-four wounded, and the Fifty-eighth none killed and five wounded. Lark's battery, two killed and three wounded. Total, five killed and thirty-five wounded. In this action, Major Ross, of the Fifty-eighth was wounded; so was General Stewart.

Respectfully submitted.

W. C. Scott, Commanding Brigade.

Report of operations on the Sixth, Eighth, and Ninth June, 1862.

Headquarters brigade, camp near Mount meridian, June 14, 1862.
Major-General Ewell:
General: In regard to the action of the sixth, I have only this to remark, that the Fifty-eighth regiment was the right and leading regiment of the brigade, and first came in contact with the enemy, but as the brigade was then under the command of Brigadier-General Stewart, I do not know personally what transpired with that regiment. The other regiments, the First Maryland, and the Forty-fourth and Fifty-second Virginia, were drawn up in line of battle in the woods, in the rear of the Fifty-eighth. After the firing had continued for some time, General Stewart led the First Maryland regiment (the leading regiment) toward the turnpike, by the right flank, followed by the Forty-fourth, and thence up the fence toward the place from which the firing emanated, and was hottest. The Fifty-second did not follow these movements, as the commander, Colonel Skinner, says he heard no orders, but remained drawn up in the woods. Ultimately, you gave the command “charge,” to the First Maryland and Forty-fourth, which they did in gallant style, until they reached the fence, when pouring in a volley on the enemy, he fled in great precipitation.

On the eighth, the Fifty-second and Fifty-eighth were posted so as to support the batteries on your left wing. The Forty-fourth was divided into two parts, and thrown forward a considerable distance, to skirmish the woods on the left, and the woods near the main road in front. That part which was ordered to skirmish the woods near the main road in front, first came in contact with the enemy, but being too weak to defend itself, it fell back and united with the other portion of that regiment in the woods near your left, and most advanced battery. At this point the Forty-fourth, numbering not more than one hundred and thirty men, were attacked by two regiments of the enemy, and, after exchanging a few rounds, the Forty-fourth charged them gallantly with the bayonet, and broke them, chasing them a considerable distance, killing several, and taking some prisoners.

On the ninth, the Fifty-second was detached and sent forward on our left to support General Winder, (I think.) When General Winder was driven back, the Fifty-second went forward, but was driven back also. The Forty-fourth and Fifty-eighth were placed in a wood on our right wing. You were with them. You know all about the order to charge, the way in which the order was executed, the retirement of the regiments to the wood, in consequence of being overpowered, and there being rallied by you, and the ultimate charge under you by a part of the brigade. The casualties have been sent to General Jackson, from whom you can obtain them. I do not recollect them. I particularly commend to you the gallantry of Lieutenant Walker, of company E, Forty-fourth regiment Virginia volunteers. There may have been others equally worthy of commendation, but I could not fail to notice him. When the brigade halted in the field and sat down, he alone stood erect,

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