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[316] then changed direction to the right, proceeding down quite a steep hill, crossed a small stream, about which place there were traces of repeated and heavy skirmishing on both sides — our skirmishers, as I have been informed by the captain in command, at one time driving back an entire regiment of the enemy — the casualties of which, upon our side, have been given in a report which 1 have heretofore had the honor of submitting. Shortly after crossing the stream, the Seventh Louisiana regiment passed in our rear, and formed on our left. We continued our march in the direction of the road, a short time before reaching which a sharp fire from the enemy drove in our skirmishers, and we halted, which was then about dark. We remained in this position until a little before daybreak the next morning, in full view of the enemy's camp fires and hearing of their voices. About eleven o'clock at night, a scouting-party, consisting of a sergeant and four men of the Fifth Connecticut cavalry, rode up to a picket posted on the Harrisonburgh road, and were captured, and were evidently ignorant of the fact that we were in their vicinity.

A little before daybreak, on the morning of the ninth instant, Colonel Patton returned to my regiment, and conducted us, with the First Virginia battalion, back to the church, where we were thrown in line of battle on the previous day. We were then placed under the command of General Trimble, and brought up the rear of our column, then crossing the bridge at Port Republic, which bridge was burned about ten o'clock A. M., and we marched down the river two or three miles, and finding the column of General Shields completely routed, we were ordered across the mountain at Brown's Gap, and camped on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge.

During the whole of the two days in question, although losing only one man killed and two wounded, as stated in a former report, we were, nevertheless, exposed to the fire of the enemy, both artillery and infantry, for several hours on the eighth instant, and I am pleased to say that the officers and men behaved with remarkable coolness and bravery.

I have the honor to be, Captain, your obedient servant,

William Martin, Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding Forty-Second Regiment Virginia Volunteers.


Report of Lieut.-Colonel Funk.

headquarters Fifth regiment Virginia infantry, June 11, 1862.
Captain O'Brien, Assistant Adjutant-General:
sir: In compliance with an order from Headquarters First brigade, I make the following report of my regiment in the engagements of the eighth and ninth instant.

June eighth.--The drum beat to arms about nine A. M. Our wagons were unmolested, and the men cooking. Hurriedly we loaded the wagons, and were ready to move. I received orders to move in the direction of the Port Republic bridge, which the enemy were then trying to destroy. Arriving near the bridge, I was ordered to support Poague's battery, on the right of the road, leading from Harrisonburgh to Port Republic. The enemy were in line of battle near a strip of wood beyond the rives, on the Swift-Run Gap and Port Republic road. Our battery fired some well-aimed shots into their lines, causing them to retire in much disorder. I then moved by the left flank some three hundred yards across the road, where my command lay behind the battery until four P. M., when ordered to Port Republic.

Immediately after crossing the bridge, I received orders to return to the position just left, where I remained until ordered to camp, half a mile beyond Port Republic, where my command cooked two days rations.

June ninth.--Early upon this morning, I left camp south of Port Republic, passed through the village, crossed the ravine on a temporary bridge, and marched in direction of Swift-Run Gap. Marching some two miles, we fell upon the enemy, and General Winder ordered me to support Poague's battery, posted in a wheat-field, on the left of the road. The enemy shelled us furiously.

Remaining in this position half an hour, I received an order to move by the left flank some four hundred yards to the left, to support a piece of the afore-mentioned battery, moved to this point. Company L, Captain Burke, was deployed as skirmishers, who soon came in contact with a company deployed by the enemy, from the Fifth Ohio. Driving the enemy's skirmishers back, upward of a hundred yards, I was ordered to my skirmishers' support.

Moving off by the left flank to the river bank, I threw my column in line of battle, and marched to within fifty yards of my skirmishers. Colonel Hays, of the Seventh Louisiana volunteers, then came up on my right, and we charged through an orchard and across a wheat-field, the enemy prudently retiring three or four hundred yards. We rushed through a pond of water to the opposite shore, where the enemy opened a terrific fire upon us. We returned it, and were exposed to a murderous cross-fire. One regiment of the enemy was in our front, in a lane in the rear of Mr. Fletcher's house; another regiment lay in a wheat-field, and immediately on our left; and some three or four companies lay behind the river banks. I despatched one company to try and dislodge the latter. My men stood firmly, and poured death into their ranks with all the rapidity and good will that the position would admit. A field officer, mounted on a gray steed, rode in front of my regiment, waving his hat and cheering his men, but he was soon picked off by some of my sharp-shooters.

Finding that my men's ammunition was nearly exhausted, and that he would soon be compelled to fall back unless relief was sent me, I despatched Lieutenant McCarny to General Winder asking for reinforcements. But before aid reached me many of my men had fired their last cartridge, but remained in ranks for the word “charge upon the ranks of the foe.” In the


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