General Huger's Report.
Headquarters of division, falling Creek, Chesterfield County, July 21, 1862.General: I submit, herewith, the reports of different commanders in this division, showing the part taken by the troops under their command, in the battles near Richmond, between the twenty-fifth of June and the first of July, 1862: Immediately after the battle of Seven Pines, my division was posted in the advance, opposite that position of the enemy from which our troops retired on the morning of June second. Our line extended from the York River Railroad across the Williamsburg road, to and beyond the Charles City road. Major General Longstreet, commanding right wing, furnished additional brigades to assist in performing the arduous picket duty, and placed all the troops of his command at my disposal, for supports in case of need. I continually pushed the pickets up to the enemy's works, and offered them battle daily, always shooting or capturing every individual we could. The enemy made no advance upon us, and seemed to be occupied in strengthening and enlarging his fortifications, and clearing away the woods near them, until the eighteenth June, when he advanced and drove in some of our pickets. The Fifty-third Virginia regiment, on picket duty that day, were driven in on part of the line. Colonel Wright came to their assistance, with his regiment, the Third Georgia, and drove the enemy back. In the course of the next day or two, we found and buried twenty-nine bodies of the enemy, who were killed in this skirmish, eleven prisoners also being captured, from which we may suppose their loss was severe. The Fifty-third Virginia had seven wounded. The Third Georgia had five killed and two wounded. I consider that the enemy was severely punished for their attempt. On the morning of the twenty-fifth of June, the brigade of Brigadier General Ransom (six regiments of North Carolina troops) joined me, by your order, and were placed in rear of our line, as a support. The picket line, which extended through the woods close up to the enemy's works, consisted of the Fourth Georgia regiment, Colonel Doles, on the right of the Williamsburg road, and the Ninth Virginia regiment, Fifth Virginia battalion, and Fifty-third Virginia regiment, of General Armistead's brigade, between the Williamsburg road and the railroad. At daylight the enemy made a severe attack on our picket line, which was reinforced by Generals Armistead and Wright, bringing up their regiments from our intrenchments, and by the regiments of General Ransom's brigade, which had just arrived, and were promptly brought up by him as supports. One of the latter regiments, the Twenty-third North Carolina, Colonel Rutledge, was pushed to the left of the Williamsburg road, where the enemy had advanced, and drove them back in gallant style, holding our original line of pickets. General Armistead's troops, pushing back the enemy, resumed our line of pickets from Colonel Rutledge's left to the railroad. General Wright brought forward the First Louisiana regiment and the Twenty-second Georgia to the support of the Fourth Georgia, and drove the enemy back; in doing which, our loss was considerable, especially in the First Louisiana regiment, as shown by the list of casualties herewith appended. Our pickets were relieved by regiments of General Ransom's brigade; and most of them, composed of new troops, behaved with great steadiness and coolness in this their first conflict with the enemy. Late in the evening we pushed the enemy on our right to recover the ground lost in the morning. This was accomplished by the Fourth Georgia regiment, supported by Colonel Hill's regiment, of Ransom's brigade, (Forty-eighth North Carolina.) Brigadier-General Mahone had sent Captain Grimes's battery to a position near French's house, and it was well served against the enemy. He also moved a portion of his brigade so as to protect the right of General Wright's line. The Forty-ninth Virginia, Colonel William Smith, supported by the Forty-first Virginia, was so placed as to flank the enemy on their left as they advanced on Colonel Hill. Their fire assisted greatly in repulsing the enemy. I enclose the reports of Generals Mahone and Wright. General Armistead's whole force was engaged on our left, and by evening they had fully recovered our original picket line. General Wright reports the handsome manner in which a portion of Captain Frank Huger's battery drove off the pieces the enemy had advanced down the Williamsburg road, and with which he kept up a fire on our whole line until driven off by our guns, which were afterward advanced to the position held by the enemy, and fired into his camps. The brigade of Brigadier-General Walker reported to me on the twenty-sixth, and was held in reserve as a support, but was next morning, by your instructions, sent elsewhere. The troops which were in my rear all moved off during the night of the twenty-fifth or morning of the twenty-sixth, to commence that series of brilliant actions, which began on the enemy's right. My division alone remained between the enemy and Richmond on this approach. During the twenty-sixth and twenty-seventh and twenty-eighth of June we pushed forward our scouts, and advanced up to the abatis around the enemy's works, but found them in force; and similar reconnoissances, made by Generals Magruder and McLaws, with whom I was in communication, indicated that the force in our front was not reduced by the operations taking place on our left. On Saturday, June twenty-eighth, the enemy kept quiet, and we suspected they were retiring. The pickets heard wagons moving off during that night. I ordered the pickets to advance and push scouts up at daylight Sunday morning to give information. Sunday, June twenty-ninth, no report coming from them, after sunrise I rode forward to the advanced pickets, and met Colonel Doles, of the Fourth Georgia, who had just come to the conclusion
General B. E. Lee, commanding Army Northern Virginia:
General B. E. Lee, commanding Army Northern Virginia: