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[365] Friday evening, the twenty-seventh, instead of Saturday, twenty-eighth of June.

I wrote from memory in reference to the time of its being finished.

It was reported to me that the bridge, three quarters of a mile above, was attempted to be crossed by troops, (I think Ransom's brigade,) on Saturday morning, from the south to the north side, but that finding the bridge or the approach to it difficult, they came down and crossed at New Bridge on the same morning.

My statement in regard to these bridges was not intended as a criticism on General Lee's plan, but to show the position of the troops, with a view to the proper understanding of my report, and to prove that the enemy might have reasonably entertained a design, after concentrating his troops, to march on Richmond.

Remark No. 2.--I learn, since making my report, from Major-General Huger, that he was ordered to move on Sunday, by the Charles City road, and not by the Williamsburg road, as I then understood.

He informed me also, however, that the brigades sent at my request down the Williamsburg road, did not delay his operations against the enemy. The same statement applies to remark No. 3.

Remark No. 4.--The mistake alluded to by General Lee in this remark, originated from an order from the latter to General Jackson.

I was not advised of the error in this case until about dark on the same day, near the close of the action at Savage Station. I had nothing to do with the mistake, or error, however, as I gave no order to General Jackson, who ranked me.

Remark No. 6.--I made no claim in my report to any participation in General Longstreet's fight on Monday evening, but merely obeyed orders in relieving General Longstreet's troops on his battle-field.

Colonel Goode Bryan, Sixteenth Georgia regiment, reported to me, however, that the enemy was just in front of that position at half past 3, on Tuesday morning.

Remark No. 7.--This seems to require no explanation. I reported the order from Colonel Chilton, as one of the series directing the attack.

This order was obeyed, as were all the others. The above is respectfully submitted as a part of my report.

J. Bankhead Magruder, Major-General.


[no. 1.]
General Magruder to Adjutant-General Cooper.

Fairfield race-course, August 14, 1862.
To General S. Cooper, Adjutant-General, Richmond, Va.:
Sir: The clerk, in copying from the minutes of my report of the operations, omitted the name of my able and gallant ordnance officer, Major J. L. Brent. I beg that the bearer, Captain Dickinson, Assistant Adjutant-General, may be permitted to insert his name next above that of Lieutenant-Colonel Carey.

I am, sir, very respectfully yours,

J. Bankhead Magruder, Major-General commanding.


[no. 2.]
General Magruder to the Secretary of War.

Fairfield race-course, near Richmond, August 13, 1862.
Hon. George W. Randolph, Secretary of War:
Sir: I have the honor to request that you will change the Thirty-second regiment Virginia volunteers, mentioned in my report, immediately after the name of Colonel Tomlin, into the Fifty-third Virginia regiment, which regiment is commanded by that officer, and not the Thirty-second, which is a mistake in my report. I have directed Mr. Turner, who knows the particular place at which it can be found, to make the correction, if you will hand it to him. I am, sir, very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

J. B. Magruder, Major-General.


[no. 3.]
Captain Dickinson to General Magruder.

General Lee expects you to advance rapidly. He says it is reported the enemy is getting off. Press forward your whole line, and follow up Armistead's successes. I will have Mahone's brigade in the place first occupied by General Anderson. Ransom's brigade has gone on to reinforce Cobb. Mr. Logan delivered you my message, I presume. Yours, respectfully,

A. G. Dickinson, Captain, &c. A true copy: W. Hyllested, Major and A. A. G.


General Mahone to General Magruder.

headquarters Second brigade. Anderson's division, August 8, 1862.
To Major-General Bankhead Magruder, commanding:
General: Yours of the first, calling my attention to a certain paragraph in my report to you, duly received; and, but for indisposition, it would more promptly have had my attention. I remember very well when General Barksdale, with one regiment, came to our support, as I do also the appearance of troops from the front, shortly after our forces (General Wright's and my own) had entered the engagement; but it is not my prerogative to discuss the operation of the troops, even if they had all fallen under my own eye. I mean no reflection by the allusion. I am glad you have called my attention to this point in my report, for I do not desire to be understood as you conclude the cursory reader will infer. I prefer, and ask, as a matter of gratification, that my paragraph, down to the word “here,” be altered so that it will there begin and read as follows :


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