and were soon driven from the field. A part of my regiment joined our pursuing forces. In this engagement the Twenty-seventh suffered severely, having lost in killed, wounded, and missing, forty-seven officers, non-commissioned officers, and privates. Too much praise cannot be given my officers for the gallant manner in which they bore themselves throughout the entire action-braving every danger coolly and deliberately. The non-commissioned officers and men behaved well and gallantly, moving forward in good order under a heavy fire of grape; obeying all orders cheerfully. To make mention by name of any of my officers, would be invidious, where all behaved so well. The same of my non-commissioned officers and privates. Strength, rank and file, one hundred and fifty. The following list embraces the names of those killed, wounded, and missing, namely: Killed.--Company B--Lieutenant James A. Lemon; privates Joseph Sweet and William Chittum. Company E--Private Chapman Johnson. Company F--Privates James M. Carter, Andrew M. Martin, and William D. McClury. Company G--Private Thomas C. Walton. Wounded.--Privates Patrick Loague, John P. Chittum, A. F. Smith, James Mordispaugh, and William Powers. Company C--Lieutenant Joseph Haynes; orderly sergeants 1). B. McDonald and Thomas R. Porter; privates Gillie Gillespie and John Baker. Company D--Captain F. C. Wilson; privates Robert Lamb, D. Lotis, and F. H. Brown. Company E--Orderly Sergeant Charles A. Nossinger; privates Henry Sandford and George W. Harper. Company F--Corporal John Robinson; privates William Ackerdy and William Pursley. Company G--Privates James S. Campbell and J. A. Cummings. Company H--Corporal William P. Drumheller; privates Henry Heilbroun, William Mitchell, James S. Thomas, and Joseph Camden. Last, though not least, Major D. M. Shriver, severely wounded in shoulder and back. Missing.--Privates James Lanyan, Philip Hoyleman, William E. Synder, James C. Davis, and Robert Fry. Company F--Orderly Sergeant G. C. Black and private Leroy Sweeny. Company G--Privates E. F. Myers, Archibald Smiley, and Henry Ludwick. Whole number killed, eight; wounded, twenty-eight; and missing, eleven. Respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. Grigsby, Colonel Twenty-seventh Virginia Volunteers.
Report of Colonel J. W. Allen.
headquarters Second regiment Va. Volunteers, camp Brown's Gap pass, June 11, 1862.Captain: I have the honor to make the following report of the action of my regiment, during the engagements of Sunday and Monday, June eighth and ninth, 1862. Early on Sunday morning, I received an order to get my regiment under arms as speedily as possible, and move down the road in the direction of the bridge at Port Republic, which place had been entered by the enemy's cavalry. Within five minutes after the reception of this order, I had my regiment formed and marched out of the woods into the field adjoining the road, where I halted long enough to load, and was proceeding down the road when Captain O'Brien directed me to occupy the woods to the left of the road, and guard the left flank. On reaching the woods, I deployed company A as skirmishers, and sent it forward to the river bank, and sent company D, under Captain Nadenbousch, to the left and front, who also went as far as the bank of the river, on our extreme left. The remaining five companies (three being on picket at the bridge and in town) I kept in the edge of the wood, until ordered to support two pieces of artillery which were left under my charge on the left. I then moved in rear of these guns and remained there until after dark, when I received an order to return to the wagons, which were about a mile beyond Port Republic. Soon after dawn, on the morning of the ninth, I received an order to get under arms at once, and moved back through the town, and across the river — the Second regiment being in front of the brigade. After crossing, companies D and I were thrown forward as skirmishers — the former on the left of the road, and company I, with a portion of company G, on the right of the road. After advancing some distance down the road, the enemy opened on us, and I received an order from General Winder to advance, under cover of the woods, to the right, and take the battery which commanded the road on which we were advancing. I started forward with one hundred and seventy-seven privates and non-commissioned officers, the Fourth following at some distance, as our support. After working our way with much difficulty through the undergrowth and laurel thickets, I came within a hundred yards of the battery which I had been ordered to take, but found it supported by three regiments of infantry. I immediately sent to General Winder a report of my position, and at the same time ordered the two left companies-being nearest the guns of the enemy, to take deliberate aim and fire at the gunners. Unfortunately, two chance shots showed our position, and one gun had been brought to bear on us, loaded with grape. At my first volley all the gunners were driven off, but the two regiments of infantry opened on us, and returning to their guns, they poured volley after volley of grape on us in such quick succession as to throw my men into confusion, and it was some time before they were re-formed. In the mean time, the Fourth, which had come upon my right, were subjected to the fire of the three regiments in reserve. I ordered it back a short distance, and then directed both regiments to retire to a more eligible position, whilst I reported to General Jackson, (General Winder being very hotly pressed by a much superior force to his own, on our extreme left,) my position, and utter inability to carry the battery without assistance. I was told that General
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