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[416] command of the brigade, and, as senior Colonel, I was assigned to command. On Wednesday evening, at five o'clock, orders were received for the brigade to move back to Drewry's Bluff. After a fatiguing march through a drenching rain and muddy roads, we reached the bluff safely by day-light, Thursday morning. With few exceptions, the conduct of officers and men, both on the march and in action, was everything that could be desired.

List of killed and wounded of the Fourth brigade, in action Monday evening, June thirtieth, 1862:

Third Arkansas regiment, one wounded slightly.

Thirtieth Virginia regiment, five wounded, one since dead.

Twenty-seventh regiment North Carolina troops, six wounded.

Forty-sixth regiment North Carolina troops, none.

Forty-eighth regiment North Carolina troops, none.

Second Georgia battalion, none.

French's battery, seven wounded, three severely.

Branch's battery, one wound slightly.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. H. Manning, Colonel, commanding Fourth Brigade. Official: W. A. Smith, Assistant Adjutant-General.


General Ripley's Report.

Headquarters brigade, Turner's Field, June 16, 1862.
Captain G. M. Lovel, Assistant Adjutant-General, in Right Wing:
Captain: I have the honor to report that, in obedience to orders from the headquarters of the right wing, I caused a line of skirmishers to be formed across the front occupied by Huger's division, composed as follows: Colonel Stokes, First North Carolina volunteers, on the right; Colonel Gaston Meares, Third North Carolina volunteers, in the centre; and Colonel Smith, Forty-fourth Georgia regiment, on the left, extending from White Oak Swamp, across the Williamsburg road, to the York River Railroad. Each regiment threw out from three to six companies of skirmishers, the remainder being under orders of their respective Colonels, in reserve. Colonel Gibson's Forty-eighth Georgia regiment was held in readiness for such service as required. Soon after three o'clock, the line of skirmishers advanced along the whole front, driving in the enemy's pickets to close proximity of their camps. Colonel Stokes encountered the difficult ground of the swamp, which prevented a rapid advance, but drove in the pickets, capturing one Captain and two privates of the enemy. Colonel Meares advanced in the centre, to the battle-ground of the Seven Pines, to within one hundred and fifty yards of the enemy's works, which they appear to have strengthened, but which are not, as yet, armed with artillery. Colonel Meares was reinforced by Colonel Gibson's regiment during his advance. Colonel Smith's pushed the enemy back to the abatis, covering the field in vicinity of the enemy's works, near the Williamsburg road, and drove back his pickets near the railroad. A heavy storm of rain prevailing from the time of the advance until nightfall, prevented an accurate reconnaissance. The enemy, however, was in force behind his lines, and, although his pickets gave back readily, appeared willing to give battle in position. The advance positions were held until near nine o'clock P. M., when, in obedience to orders, the line of skirmishers was slightly withdrawn, and the reserves of the different regiments held in hand. During the night some picket firing occurred, and this morning, about four o'clock, Colonel Smith's regiment was threatened by a force of infantry, artillery, and cavalry. At about nine o'clock, the force was withdrawn from the front, with the exception of the First North Carolina and Forty-eighth Georgia regiments, which held the advance line of pickets. We captured, all together, one Captain and ten privates, four of the latter being wounded. Colonel Smith recovered twenty stand of arms from the battle-field.

Our loss consisted of Third Lieutenant Ware and private S. S. Hankin, captured, and private Dardy Johnson, killed, of the cavalry, and two privates killed, and four wounded, of the Forty-fourth Georgia regiment. Some six of the First North Carolina volunteers were missing last night, having been lost in the swamp. All but three, however, have returned, and it is hoped that all will be present before nightfall.

I am, very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

R. S. Ripley, Brigadier-General.


Report of General Pryor.

headquarters Fifth brigade, July 29, 1862.
Major Sorrell, A. A. General:
Major: I beg to submit the following report of the operations of the Fifth brigade in the recent engagements around Richmond:

About eleven o'clock, on the night of the twenty-sixth of June, I was directed by Major-General Longstreet to relieve the brigade of Colonel Colquitt, in its advanced position on the field of the day's fight. Expecting the enemy to renew the combat in the morning, I disposed my regiment in such manner as to prevent a surprise, to resist an assault, and to reinforce Featherston, whom a march by the left flank had placed in my front. Maurin's battery I posted on an elevation in the rear, whence it might fire without affecting our men, and yet attain the enemy, who occupied another eminence across Beaver Dam Creek. Scarcely had I completed my arrangements, when, by the light of the earliest dawn, the enemy began the attack. Featherston, being in advance, received the first shock. As rapidly as possible, I hurried my troops to his assistance. We assumed the aggressive, and after an obstinate resistance of two hours, the enemy were pushed back until our brigades were prepared


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