other five regiments formed in good order, marched them up to the height occupied by the Thirteenth, and bivouacked for the night. The enemy, having removed his battery to a more secure position, commenced shelling the height occupied by my brigade, throwing one shell every two or three minutes for nearly an hour after the engagement was properly at an end. But for the fact that I caused the men to lie down behind the crest of the hill, on the slope toward the wood, the casualties must have been numerous. In the morning, appearances indicated for a while an intention on the part of the enemy to renew the contest, and I was making preparations to receive him. It was soon evident, however, that these demonstrations only served to protect his flight, which continued during the drenching rain of that day. The Thirteenth Georgia was the only regiment of the brigade actively engaged in the fight, and nothing could exceed the energy, valor, and zeal exhibited by officers and men during their impetuous charge. The other regiments were within range of shells for three or four hours, and from these several casualties ensued. I beg leave to refer to the annexed list of killed and wounded, and to the report of Colonel Douglass for further details of the part taken by the Thirteenth regiment. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
A. R. Lawton, Brigadier-General commanding.
List of the Killed and Wounded in the Fourth Brigade, Valley District, commanded by General A. R. Lawton, in the Action of the 1st July.
|Officers.||N. C. Officers and Privates.||Officers.||N. C. Officers and Privates.|
|Thirteenth Regiment Georgia Volunteers||11||9||45||55|
|Sixtieth Regiment Georgia Volunteers||14||14|
|Twenty-sixth Regiment Georgia Volunteers|
|Sixty-first Regiment Georgia Volunteers|
|Thirty-eighth Regiment Georgia Volunteers||6||6|
|Thirty-first Regiment Georgia Volunteers|
Report of Brigadier-General Cobb.
headquarters Second brigade, June 12, 1862.Captain: I have the honor to submit a succinct report of the operations of this brigade, under my command, from the morning of the twenty-ninth June to the first July, inclusive: For several days previous to the twenty-ninth June, my command had been kept day and night under arms, prepared, at a moment's notice, to move in cooperation with the operations of our army on the other side of the Chickahominy. On the night of the twenty-eighth, the men were required to remain in the trenches at the position then occupied by the brigade, at the “Burnt Chimney,” on theNine-mile road. From the trenches we moved, on the morning of the twenty-ninth, expecting to find the enemy still occupying their strong line of fortifications immediately in our front. It was now ascertained, however, that they had evacuated their works during the night, and our march was continued in their pursuit. On reaching a point, not far distant from Savage's Station, on the York River Railroad, the enemy were reported to have made a stand in our front. The division of General Magruder was here drawn up in line of battle — the brigade commanded by the brave and lamented Griffith, on the right, and my brigade on the left. The remaining brigades of General Magruder's command I did not know. In line of battle, our march continued to Savage's Station, without encountering the enemy. At that point the enemy was first seen. A few well-directed shots from the Troup artillery battery drove from our right the few of the enemy in our sight; but the subsequent events of the day showed that they were there in strength, prepared to make a stubborn resistance. My brigade was placed on the left of the railroad, my right resting on the road. The position to which I was ordered was in the rear of the woods, which separated us from an open field in our front. Unwilling to give the enemy the advantage of the woods, in event of their advance, I advanced my line some four hundred yards through these woods, and occupied a position in the skirt of woods, with an open field in my front. The battle of that evening was fought on the right of the railroad, and hence my brigade, though exposed, from their advanced position, to the continual firing of the enemy, had no opportunity of participating, actively, in the fight. On the morning of the thirtieth, the enemy having disappeared from our front, we again took up the line of march, and, after a most fatiguing