as I supposed, nearly reached this last point, when I was again ordered by General Magruder to move back rapidly by the left flank to support General Cobb, all of which orders were executed promptly by my command, over swamps, dense undergrowth, ravines, and hills. At about half past 4 P. M., I received orders to advance to attack a battery of the enemy, and moving rapidly to the front through the dense woods, the left of my line reaching the open field first, gained so much ground to the front and in advance of the right, that I ordered a halt to reestablish a correct line on the open field. In the mean time the enemy were firing on us from two batteries and their infantry. Before I succeeded in rectifying my line, other troops were hurried on to the attack, and then my right — the First Georgia regulars, and Seventh and Eighth Georgia regiments, supposing that I had given command to advance — became separated from the command. But I am proud to be able to say, that every officer and man behaved himself with coolness and gallantry, and aided materially in the final results of the day. The Ninth and Eleventh Georgia were more immediately under my own observation, and the conduct of the officers and men of both regiments, under a most severe fire, was all that I desired, each man standing to his post willingly and cheerfully until long after dark, when I withdrew them from the field, my other regiments having passed a few moments before. Colonel Magill mentions in terms of strong commendation the names of Sergeant W. J. Garitt, company M, Corporal J. C. Camp, and private W. L. Moorhead, First Georgia regulars. Captain Carmichael reports very favorably of the conduct of Sergeant Adderhold, company I, Seventh Georgia. Other commanders report that all acted well and bravely. The casualties in the brigade are as follows: First Georgia Regulars.--Officers killed, none. Wounded, Lieutenant W. A. Williams, very dangerously; Lieutenant J. D. Anthony, painfully; Captain H. C. Cannon, slightly; Captain Tomlinson Fort, slightly; Lieutenant G. A. Rutherford, slightly; Lieutenant Pierce Horne, (acting Adjutant,) slightly. Enlisted men killed, four; wounded, thirty-eight, (two since dead;) and missing, fifteen. Seventh Georgia Regiment.--Killed, Lieutenant F. S. Watson. Major E. W. Hoyle, mortally wounded; Adjutant Maddox, Captain R. B. Hicks, Lieutenant Bellinger, Lieutenant White, and Lieutenant Wynn, slightly wounded. Enlisted men killed, thirteen; seriously wounded, fifty-three ; slightly, forty-eight. Eighth Georgia Regiment.--Enlisted men killed, four; wounded, eight. Ninth Georgia Regiment.--Wounded, Lieutenant J. A. Arnold and Lieutenant Hardee. Enlisted men, three killed, and twenty-eight wounded. Eleventh Georgia Regiment.--Wounded, Lieutenant and Adjutant J. F. Green, severely; Lieutenants M. F. Gudger and H. L. Parrish, slightly. Enlisted men killed, six; wounded, fifty, (most of them severely;) and sixteen missing, some of whom have rejoined. total casualties.
It is due the men to state that they had been without rest almost entirely since the night of the twenty-seventh, and marched in line of battle all day Sunday, twenty-ninth, and for eighteen hours the thirtieth of June, and were marched and countermarched the day of battle from daylight until four P. M., and many of the men fell out from exhaustion, and have since rejoined.
I bear willing testimony to the gallantry of the whole command, officers and soldiers, and feel proud of having the honor of commanding such brave and determined men. I am under many obligations to Lieutenant C. C. Hardwicke, Eighth Georgia volunteers, A. A. A. General, for his bravery and gallantry, executing promptly every order intrusted to him. Also, to Captain J. G. Jackson, of Virginia, and Charles Daniel, of Georgia, volunteer Aids, for gallantry and distinguished services on all occasions.
I cannot refrain from mentioning private D. E. Humphries, company C, Eleventh Georgia volunteers, my orderly, for his gallantry and good conduct.
I am, sir, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
Geo. T. Anderson, Colonel Eleventh Georgia Volunteers, commanding Brigade.
Reports of General Semmes--battle of Savage's Station.
headquarters First brigade, Second division, Crew's farm, July 4, 1862.Captain: I have the honor to report that, soon after the opening of the battle of Savage Station, on the 29th ultimo, having received orders from Major-General McLaws to send forward two regiments to the support of Brigadier-General Kershaw's brigade, then engaged with the enemy, the Tenth Georgia, Colonel Cumming, and the Thirty-second Virginia, Lieutenant-Colonel Willis commanding, were ordered to advance. Very soon after, perceiving that the firing bore to our right, without waiting to communicate with the Major-General, I moved in that direction with the Fifth Louisiana, Colonel Hunt. These three regiments found themselves confronting the enemy in the following order, from right to left: Fifth Louisiana, Thirty-second Virginia, Tenth Georgia. Having halted the Fifth Louisiana and re-formed it in the thick wood through which the advance had been made, and discovering troops not more than forty yards in front, and being necessarily uncertain as to whether they belonged to our army or that of the enemy, I directed private Maddox, company K, Fifth
Captain T. S. McIntosh, A. A. G.:
Captain T. S. McIntosh, A. A. G.: