temporarily separated from the rest of Lawton's brigade on its left, but instead of waiting for orders, gallantly and successfully advanced against the enemy, though he was strongly posted, until assurances that those in front were friends, caused doubts in the minds of the men, and made it advisable to halt there under cover until the movements of the Fifth Texas and the balance of Lawton's brigade were certain to dislodge the enemy. On Saturday, under orders from General Jackson, I advanced, preceded by a cavalry force, down the north bank of the Chickahominy, to Dispatch Station, and destroyed a portion of the railroad track. The station and stores had unfortunately been burned by the cavalry advance guard before my arrival. About noon, on Sunday, I was ordered to prevent the enemy from crossing Bottom's Bridge, and took position accordingly until six P. M., when I received orders to return to Grapevine Bridge, and follow General Jackson's division. Tuesday morning, on the march, I was joined by General Early, (ordered to my division,) who took command of the fourth brigade, General Elzey having been dangerously wounded at Cold Harbor. At this time, General Early was so disabled from the effects of a wound received at Williamsburg, as to be unable to mount his horse without assistance. At Malvern Hill, my division was in reserve, General Trimble being posted in rear of General Whiting's left, Colonel Stafford, with the Louisiana brigade, on the right of General Whiting's line, and General Early in rear of Colonel Stafford. About dark, General Early was ordered to the right to support General D. H. Hill, and was exposed on his march, and on his arrival, to a heavy artillery fire. When morning came, his troops were the only ones on that part of the field. Colonel Stafford's brigade was detached from my command, and consequently I can give no account of his movements. I refer you to his report, herewith forwarded. At Westover, on Friday following, my division was placed in front, and advanced until our skirmishers became engaged with those of the enemy, when we were ordered to halt. I enclose the reports of Generals Early and Trimble, Colonel Walker, and Colonel Stafford. General Trimble furnishes the diagram. On a comparison of his report with mine, some discrepancies will be observed, which can in part be accounted for by the lapse of time, and the confusion of describing movements over ground not examined by us together. The report of Colonel Bradley T. Johnson, commanding Maryland line, is also appended, as are detailed lists of the killed and wounded, showing an aggregate loss of nine hundred and eighty-seven. My staff at Gaines's Mill or Cold Harbor consisted of Lieutenant-Colonel J. M. Jones, Adjutant-General's Department; Acting Inspector-General Major James Barbour, and Captain G. C. Brown, A. A. General's Department, and Lieutenant Hugh M. Nelson, A. D. C., who was slightly wounded. At Malvern Hill, the same, with the addition of Lieutenant T. T. Turner, A. D. C. Major B. M. Greene, division C. S., was also with me on the field on both occasions. Respectfully,
R. S. Ewell, Brigadier-General.
List of Killed, Wounded, and Missing, in the Third Division Army Valley District, in the Battles of Cold Harbor, (Gaines's Mill,) June 27, and Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862. Fourth brigade, Brigadier-General A. Elzey. battle of Cold Harbor, (Gaines's Mill,) June 27.
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