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[344] to make the following report of the movements and engagements of the division under my command, from the morning of the twenty-seventh of June to the termination of the first of July:

On the morning of the twenty-seventh ultimo, the Third brigade, Colonel G. T. Anderson commanding, occupied the works around Mrs. Price's house. The First brigade, Brigadier-General Toombs commanding, was stationed in rear and east of Mr. James Garnett's house. These positions have been held continuously since the third or fourth of June; and that around Mrs. Price's house strongly fortified by my command, under a daily harassing fire from the enemy's batteries.

Early on the twenty-seventh ultimo, it was observed that the enemy had pushed his picket line into the wheat-field in front of Mr. James Garnett's house, and was constructing a line of rifle pits, extending from the old chimneys toward the gate-posts, in the farther corner of the field. On his right he had a strong line of pickets thrown out a few yards in advance of his regiments drawn up in line of battle immediately in front of General Toombs's right regiment, then posted in a ravine east of the Garnett house. The nature of the position brought the opposing lines in such close contiguity that neither could advance their pickets more than a few yards from the main body. Both positions were strong for defence, but an advance from either was hazardous in the extreme. The disposition of the enemy, as above indicated, was made known to Major-General Magruder, who directed me in the forenoon to send two twelve-pound howitzers, of Brown's battery, with a regiment of Anderson's brigade, as a support, to the overseer's house, equidistant from Doctor and Mr. James Garnett's, and to send two other regiments of the same brigade, as a support to two howitzers, which he had instructed Lieutenant-Colonel Lee, Chief of Artillery, to post on the left of ths Nine-mile road. This being done, the artillery was ordered to open upon the enemy wherever seen. His working parties were driven in, and his supporting troops retired from view. The enemy opened a terrible artillery fire from his batteries on the right of the Golding house. The rest of Brown's battery, (two smooth-bore six-pounders,) and Lane's battery, of six guns, were sent to Brown's assistance, and the fire was kept up vigorously for about twenty minutes longer, when the pieces were withdrawn by Lieutenant-Colonel Lee, agreeably to instructions. In the afternoon, from the top of Mrs. Price's, I saw the enemy drawn up in great force, across the Chickahominy, ready to meet the steadily advancing lines of General Longstreet's command. So soon as the engagement began, I directed Captain I)abney to open with his heavy battery of one thirty-two-pounder Parrott gun, known as “Long Tom ;” and one eighteen-pounder rifled gun, upon the enemy's left flank. Notwithstanding the necessity of indicating the direction and range from the house-top, this fire was continued with the happiest effect until nightfall. It has since been reported to me that an officer captured from one of the enemy's batteries stated that the fire from these guns was most disastrous. Early in the afternoon, Major-General Magruder notified me of his intention to feel the enemy along his entire front, and directed me to issue the necessary orders to my command. Near sunset he further directed me to send another regiment of Anderson's brigade to support the two guns placed in position in the forenoon, on the left of theNine-mile road. The fire on my right was to be the signal for commencing the demonstration. This order was communicated to Colonel Anderson verbally; but the pickets of General Toombs being in the immediate vicinity of the enemy, and believing a serious engagement with his brigade would be the result of this movement, I deemed it best to issue to him the following order in writing, first submitting it to General Magruder, who approved it:

The divisions to your right have been ordered by General Magruder to feel the enemy in their front with strong tickets, and to follow up, to the utmost, any advantage which may offer or success which may ensue. You are ordered to do the same, taking as your signal for advance the commencement of the movement on your right.

Shortly before sunset, Lane's and Woolfolk's batteries, being stationed near and in front of the overseer's house, opened a brisk fire on the enemy for some minutes, drawing upon themselves so heavy a fire from the enemy's well-protected batteries, that they were compelled to withdraw; not, however, until the enemy in their camps had suffered severely, as was afterward ascertained. The expected signal — firing on the right — being given shortly after, General Toombs advanced seven companies of the Second Georgia regiment toward the enemy's position; but before these could be deployed, they were met with a heavy front and flank fire from several regiments. Unshaken by the odds before them, these companies gallantly held their ground, and replied with vigor. The Fifteenth Georgia regiment, led by the intrepid, by now lamented McIntosh, rushed promptly to the support, and the fight was maintained with energy, until the enemy's advance was checked and driven back, and his firing had entirely ceased.

The two regiments--Ninth Georgia, Colonel Turnipseed, and First Georgia regulars, Colonel Magill--detached by General Magruder's order, in the forenoon, advanced into the woods on the left of theNine-mile road, throwing out skirmishers, and meeting a regiment of the enemy. This gallant body of skirmishers drove the enemy from his position through his bivouac, capturing knapsacks and canteens, &c., and only halted when they found themselves under the direct fire of the enemy's batteries and beyond the support of our lines on the right. They then retired on the main body, which retained its position under shelter of the woods, until withdrawn at midnight by General Magruder's order, Saturday, June twenty-eighth.

Going to General Magruder's quarters, and failing to see him, I despatched Captain Latrobe,


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