Ransom's and Mahone's brigades. We were delayed by meeting our troops--first, Cobb's brigade, and afterwards Jackson's troops; and I had no one to show us what road to take. Major Taylor, A. D. C. to General Lee, came up, and conducted us to the front, where I reported to General Lee. I found Armstead's and Wright's brigades on front line, exactly opposite the enemy, who were posted in large force, with powerful batteries of artillery, on a commanding plateau, near Crane's House. On riding to the ravine where these brigades were posted, the action commenced between the pickets. I had previously, by direction of General Lee, sent Mahone's brigade to support Cobb's; and as the action progressed, at the request of General Magruder I ordered Ransom's brigade to report to him. All the brigades of my division were thus sent into the battle, and were engaged in the attack on the enemy's batteries. They were, during the action, under the immediate command of General Magruder. As the different brigades of my division were sent forward into the battle at Malvern Hill, I was directed to report them to another commander. Though present myself, I was not in command during this battle. As I was treated in the same manner at Seven Pines, I can only hope this course was accidental, and required by the necessities of the service. I therefore make no report; and have to refer you to the subordinate reports herewith transmitted, and to the reports of other commanders, for details of the action of Malvern Hill. After this battle, as required, the division was occupied, under my orders, in removing the wounded and burying the dead. From my personal staff I received every assistance; and I beg to name Lieutenant-Colonel S. S. Anderson, A. A. G., Captain Benjamin Huger, A. A. G., Lieutenants Sloan and Preston, Aidsde-camp, Lieutenant Willoughby Anderson, Engineer, and Thomas Pinckney, Volunteer Aid-decamp, as officers who rendered important service, and to whom my thanks are especially due. To Surgeon E. N. Word, medical director, and Major J. A. Johnston, Quartermaster, I beg to call the attention of the General for the prompt care bestowed on the wounded, and the transportation of them to the hospitals, &c. I remain, very respectfully, Your most obedient servant,
Benjamin Huger, Major-General commanding Division.
falling Creek, July 21, 1862.General: In forwarding my reports of the different engagements of the division which I commanded, I have to request of you, as a reward to the regiments who most distinguished themselves, that an order be given authorizing the following regiments to inscribe on their banners as follows: 1. The Third Georgia volunteers, “South Mills.” 2. The First Louisiana volunteers, “King's School-house.” 3. The Fourth Georgia volunteers, “King's School-house.” 4. The Twenty-fifth North Carolina volunteers, “King's School-house.” 5. The Forty-ninth Virginia volunteers, “King School house.” The whole division was sent forward in the battle at Malvern Hill, on first of July; but as the brigades were sent to report to other commanders, I am unable to make a special report of that action. I remain, very respectfully, Your most obedient servant,
General R. E. Lee commanding:
General R. E. Lee commanding:
Benjamin Huger, Major-General.
General Holmes' Report.
Colonel: I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of that part of my command which participated in the campaign of the last days of June and first days of July, before Richmond. In the afternoon of Sunday, the twenty-ninth of June, in pursuance of orders from the War Department, I moved three regiments of Colonel Junius Daniels's brigade, fifteen hundred and seventy strong with two light batteries, across James River, by the pontoon bridge. Three companies of cavalry, numbering one hundred and thirty men, under Major E. Burroughs, accompanied this force. The same evening Brigadier-General J. G. Walker joined me with his brigade of thirty-six hundred effective men and two batteries, which had crossed the river on Thursday, the twenty-sixth June, and was now again placed under my command. The division bivouacked that night upon Cornelius Creek, and moved, on Monday morning, agreeable to the orders of the commanding General, upon New Market, reaching that place at ten A. M. I immediately placed my troops in a position of great actual strength, covering the junction of the Long Bridge and River roads, which was shortly afterward inspected and approved by His Excellency, the President. At this juncture, Brigadier-General Henry A. Wise reached New Market, coming voluntarily to my support from Chaffin's Bluff with two regiments of seven hundred and fifty bayonets and two batteries. The effective force under my orders thus amounted to six thousand infantry and six batteries of artillery. In my part, between the River and Darbytown roads, were two regiments of cavalry, under Colonel Baker, First North Carolina cavalry. Matters were in this position when, about four o'clock, Major Meade of the engineers, rode up and reported the enemy as retreating in considerable confusion along the road leading over Malvern Hill. He suggested that a battery of rifled guns, placed under cover of a dense forest to the right and left of the River road, at a point where his reconnoissance had been made, distant some eight hundred yards from the enemy's column, would greatly embarrass his retreat. In this view Major Stevens, Chief Engineer, fully concurred. I accordingly