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[402] yards, in full view of the enemy's artillery, and after having attained the slope under and about two hundred yards from the crest on which his guns were in position, was halted, preparatory to making a charge. Some minutes after, the Tenth Louisiana volunteers, Lieutenant-Colonel Waggaman, appeared, and traversed nearly the same ground over which the Tenth Georgia and company K, of the Fifty-third Georgia volunteers, had passed. An order was borne by Lieutenant Cody, volunteer Aid, to Lieutenant-Colonel Waggaman, commanding Tenth Louisiana volunteers, to incline to and form on my right, which was accomplished. Owing to a misconception of orders, the difficulties of the ground, and the lateness of the hour, only five hundred and fifty-seven of my men were finally brought into action. Lieutenant Benning, First Georgia regulars, of Anderson's brigade, reporting his presence, with a company of that regiment which had become separated therefrom, was ordered to take post on the left of the Tenth Louisiana. Parts of North Carolina and Mississippi regiments were formed on the ground and on Benning's left, the Tenth Georgia and company K, of the Fifty-third Georgia, being on the left. There were parts of numbers of other regiments on the slopes and in the ravines to await orders, who were sent to join in the charge, using for this purpose Captain Briggs and Lieutenant Cody, of my staff, and Captain Holt and Lieutenant Slade, of the Tenth Georgia; but for some cause these troops did not come forward. The lateness of the hour, and the darkness, would not admit of further delay. About seven hundred men, consisting of troops of my brigade, and detachments from regiments of other commands, as above stated, were formed and moved forward to the charge, silently and in quick time. The charge was made with calmness and regularity, for a distance of one hundred and fifty yards, in the face of a terrific fire from the enemy's guns, consisting of six six-gun batteries, and four guns of a ten-gun Parrott battery, (six of which had been previously captured,) and his musketry, when, unfortunately, the right of our line was fired into from the rear by troops of other brigades of our own army, which, with the terrible fire poured by the enemy on our front, caused the line to waver, and finally to break, the men seeking partial shelter behind a number of farm-houses, not more than sixty yards from the enemy's nearest gun. Our line approached that of the enemy's diagonally, thereby throwing the Tenth Louisiana, which was on the right, farther in advance. The dead of this regiment were commingled with those of the enemy, and very near his guns. It was here that the last was seen of the gallant Lieutenant-Colonel Waggaman, while leading his regiment, who, it was supposed, was wounded and taken prisoner. Dead bodies of our men, and those of the enemy, were found in close proximity at and near these houses. For half an hour every possible effort was made to re-form, and again advance to the charge; but owing to the small number, the lateness of the hour, (half past 8 P. M.,) the horror of corning in deadly conflict with troops of our own army, and the terrible and incessant cross-fire of the enemy's artillery and musketry, although there was no terror manifested, no demoralization apparent, still the effort proved unavailing. Finding further efforts useless, I, at nine o'clock at night, ordered the troops to withdraw quietly, which was done. Having been actively engaged for more than three hours, I had become so exhausted as to be almost unable to leave the field, and could not have reached the camp that night but for the timely assistance of two of my men. A list of casualties has been heretofore forwarded to division headquarters.

My staff, Captain Clemons, A. A. General, Captain Briggs, A. D. C., and Lieutenants Cody and Redd, volunteer Aids, rendered very efficient service on the field. They were much exposed to the enemy's missiles, ball, shell, grape, and bullets; but fortunately, all escaped untouched except Captain Briggs, who was stricken senseless to the ground by a grape shot, (which had passed through and killed outright a man in his front,) by which he will be disabled for some time. Individual cases of gallantry might be named, but this is deemed unnecessary. Only the chivalrous and the brave were there in such close and deadly proximity to the foe. The coward and the skulker had, long ere the close of the battle, sought safety in inglorious flight from the bloody field under cover of the darkness.

I am, Captain, very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

Paul J. Semmes, Brigadier-General.


Report of Colonel Barksdale.

headquarters Third brigade, camp near Richmond, Va., July 24, 1862.
Captain Dickinson, A. A. General:
Captain: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by this brigade in the battles of Sunday, the twenty-ninth of June, at Savage's Station, and at Malvern Hill on Tuesday, the first of July:

On Sunday morning we were ordered to pursue the enemy, who had abandoned his fortifications on theNine-mile road, and was understood to be retreating down the York River Railroad.

On reaching these fortifications, a fire was opened upon us by the enemy's rear guard. The brigade was at once ordered in line of battle, and while gallantly executing this order, General Griffith fell mortally wounded, and was borne from the field by Majors Watts and Hawkins, of his staff, when the command devolved upon me. Continuing the pursuit, I was ordered to support General Cobb, who was in the advance, should he become engaged with the enemy.

The brigade advanced in line of battle, on the left of the railroad, through the thick woods, and over a marshy country, until we reached Savage's Station, where an attack was made on the right side of the road, upon the enemy, by General McLaws's division. The Seventeenth regiment, Colonel Holder, and the Twenty-first, Colonel


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