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My personal staff, during these engagements, consisted of Captain Charles Wood, A. A. General, Lieutenants Ro. D. Early and F. M. Haywood, Jr., the last at Malvern Hill only. I can most sincerely testify to their gallantry and intelligence. Lieutenant Early was severely wounded, and Captain Wood had his horse instantly killed under him by a solid shot.

I present below a succinct statement of killed and wounded, and file lists of the same by name.

I have the honor to subscribe myself, Major, your obedient servant,

Samuel Garland, Jr., Brigadier-General commanding Third Brigade, Third Division.

casualties.

command.killed.wounded.missing.Total.
Officers.Enlisted men.Officers.Enlisted men.Officers.Enlisted men.
Fifth North Carolina Regiment 10220 436
Twelfth North Carolina Regiment2499151 1212
Thirteenth North Carolina Regiment12827822113
Twentieth North Carolina Regiment3901127015380
Twenty-third North Carolina Regiment15773  86
Bondurant's Battery1 3 14  17
Grand Total,      844

D. P. Halsey, Assistant Adjutant-General.


Report of Brigadier-General J. R. Anderson.

headquarters Third brigade, camp on Mills's farm, July 25, 1862.
Major-General A. P. Hill, Commanding Light Division.
General: In compliance with your order, I respectfully submit a report of the part taken by the Third brigade in the combats before Richmond.

On Wednesday evening, twenty-sixth of June, in pursuance of your order, I put my brigade in motion, and marched to Meadow Bridge, where we bivouacked that night.

On Thursday afternoon, I was ordered by you to march, and followed the First brigade, (General Field,) crossing the Meadow Bridge, and down the road to Mechanicsville. When within a few hundred yards of Mechanicsville, the enemy having opened from his battery to the left and beyond the place, my battery, Captain McIntosh, was directed, by your order, to take position and draw his fire, while I was directed to make a detour to the left, under the direction of the guide, and capture the battery. It had to march about a mile, a part of the way through a very dense wood, so that it was impossible to know whether we would strike a favorable point of attack. I ordered Colonel Thomas, commanding the leading regiment, to make a detour, so as, if possible, to take the battery in reverse or in rear, and the other regiments to support him. Being totally unacquainted with the ground, we came within range of the enemy's guns and the sharpshooters too much to the right. Colonel Thomas, however, dashed forward with his regiment, withholding his fire, and succeeded in crossing the creek, (Beaver Dam,) and gaining the wood, dislodging the enemy posted there, and driving them back. They were soon heavily reenforced, and renewed the attack, and were a second time repulsed, with loss--Colonel Thomas being well supported by the Fourteenth Georgia, Lieutenant-Colonel Fulsom, and the Third Louisiana battalion, Lieutenant-Colonel Pendleton. In the mean time, the Forty-ninth and Forty-fifth Georgia came up, and were posted on the right, opening a fire from their position on the enemy, lodged in their rifle pits beyond the creek. Night approaching, and having now ascertained the position and strength of the enemy's works, that they were, contrary to our expectations, located on the far side of Beaver Dam, that my right was separated from them by a wide morass, through which ran the creek, considerably dammed up, and that the ground gained by the daring of the Thirty-fifth and Fourteenth Georgia and Third Louisiana battalion was still separated from the enemy's main work by a deep ravine, and their position strengthened by abatis at the foot of the hill, whilst its crest was strongly supported by extensive rifle pits, manned with sharpshooters, I concluded it was letter to adopt another line of approach, by a movement farther to the left, unobserved, through the woods, perhaps three quarters of a mile, so as to gain the table land near the Old Church road, and take the work in rear. Darkness prevented the execution of this plan, and I determined to bivouac my brigade, and reported to you my readiness to execute the enterprise the next morning.

In this fight I have to report the loss of some


1 In this battery twenty-eight horses were killed and disabled.

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