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[415] chief of ordnance, thinks had some twenty-five or thirty guns, and from a battery that I afterward understood was firing on General Longstreet's command. The road, being worn away from use, presented the best cover from the enemy's fire. I therefore directed the infantry to sit down in the road for protection.

During the stampede of the cavalry and artillery, I received an order from General Holmes, to send him an infantry regiment. I immediately ordered my regiment to proceed to the point designated, under command of Lieutenant-Colonel Morehead. This regiment moved off in good order, but was stopped by the rout of the artillery, which almost completely blocked up the road. It was at this time, under a terrible fire, and from the confusion of the artillery, and from fear of being run over by it, it left the road in some disorder. Seeing this, I proceeded there and rallied it in a few moments, and it then marched off in good order to report to the General commanding. It lost two killed and fourteen wounded. In addition to this, there were several others seriously hurt, by being run over by the cavalry and artillery.

During the stampede of the cavalry and artillery, the Forty-third and Fiftieth regiments both became slightly confused, but were soon rallied, and remained steady the balance of the evening. In the Forty-third there was one wounded, and in the Fiftieth there were seven wounded. These three regiments were all new, and behaved well under the circumstances.

My staff officers, Major Edmunston, Captain Badger, Lieutenants Hammond and Bond, behaved with coolness and bravery, and were of great assistance to me.

In addition to this list of casualties, please add the number of casualties in Brem's battery.

About ten o'clock on the night of the thirtieth ultimo, we marched to the rear about a mile and a half, by order of the Major-General commanding, to find water and a camping ground. The following evening, we took a position in line of battle, near the position occupied the previous evening, and remained in line of battle all night, and until nine or ten o'clock the next morning, when we marched some three quarters of a mile to the rear, by order of the Major-General commanding, for water and a camping ground. That evening, about six o'clock, we received orders to march immediately to Drewry's Bluff. I took up the march immediately, recrossed the river at the pontoon bridge early in the morning, and reached Drewry's Bluff about half past 8, A. M.

I am, Major, very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

Junius Daniel, Colonel Forty-fifth N. C. Troops, commanding Third Brigade.

Report of Colonel Manning.

headquarters Fourth brigade, Department N. C., camp Lee, July 16, 1862.
Major Archer Anderson, A. A. General:
Major: I have the honor to submit the following report cf the operations of this brigade during the recent engagements in front of Richmond:

Thursday night, June twenty-sixth, orders were received from the Secretary of War for the Fourth brigade, Brigadier-General J. G. Walker commanding, to cross the James River, and reenforce Major-General Huger's division. The brigade, composed of the Third Arkansas, Thirtieth Virginia, Fifty-seventh Virginia, Twenty-seventh North Carolina, and Forty-Sixth North Carolina regiments, and Second Georgia battalion, Captains French and Branch's light batteries, and Captain Goodwin's cavalry company, in all amounting to about four thousand men and officers, crossed the pontoon bridge, and reached General Huger about twelve o'clock M. on Friday, the twenty-seventh June. Whilst with General Huger's division, the Fifty-seventh regiment Virginia volunteers was relieved from duty with this brigade, and in its place Colonel R. C. Hill's Forty-eighth regiment North Carolina troops was substituted. Friday night the brigade was ordered to cross the Chickahominy on a bridge thrown across the stream by the enemy, which was accomplished by noon Saturday, and the command moved down and bivouacked on the battle-field of the day before, where they remained until Sunday morning, when orders came to recross the Chickahominy and report to Major-General Huger again. The troops were crossed by daylight Sunday morning, and proceeded at once to General Huger's division.

Orders came, in the afternoon of Sunday, to move down the River road. The column was immediately put in motion, and, after an exceedingly fatiguing march, reached General Holmes's division in the evening, in the vicinity of the pontoon bridge across James River.

Monday, June thirtieth, the brigade moved forward about five or six miles, and formed line of battle on a very commanding hill, in order to check the reported advance of the enemy. In the afternoon of Monday, the brigade was advanced. and came into action with the enemy about five o'clock, P. M. A heavy fire of artillery was kept up between a section of Captain French's battery, under Lieutenant Cooper, a section of Captain Branch's battery, under Lieut. Martin, and the enemy's numerous batteries, advantageously posted on Malvern Hill. Unfortunately, our troops were under the range of the enemy's gunboats, which kept up an incessant fire with guns of the heaviest calibre, with extraordinary precision. The firing ceased before dark, except an occasional shot; and about nine o'clock, the command returned to its original position. Notwithstanding the exceedingly heavy fire the brigade was exposed to during the evening of the thirtieth, comparatively few casualties occurred, twenty men having been wounded, one of whom has since died. During the greater part of Tuesday, the first July, the brigade remained in line of battle on Warren's Hill. In the afternoon an advance was ordered, the command moved forward in line of battle for about a half a mile, when they were halted, and remained in line during the night.

It is proper to state here that the brigade General commanding met with a painful accident on Tuesday evening, which incapacitated him to retain

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