to lose, in this engagement, Major Mullins, in command of the Nineteenth Mississippi regiment, who was severely, though not mortally, wounded. A list of the casualties in the different regiments is herewith transmitted; also a list of those who were particularly distinguished in the action. To the members of my staff who were present, Captain Parker and Lieutenant Redding, (Lieutenant Sykes having been sent to Richmond by me,) I am indebted for the promptness and coolness with which all orders were executed. To the commissary department, under charge of Major Partridge, and the medical department, under the charge of Dr. Craft, and the quarter-master's department, under charge of Major Barksdale, we were greatly indebted for the industry and attention displayed by them in supplying our wants in their respective departments. All of which is respectfully submitted.
Report of battle of June 30.
General Longstreet's division engaged the enemy to the left of the Darbytown road, some fifteen miles from this place, and not far from the James River. This was about four o'clock in the evening. The engagement soon became general from his right to his left. My brigade was held in reserve at the beginning of the fight, but about five o'clock in the evening was ordered to attack the enemy on the left of General Longstreet's division. As I passed up to the place designated, I found the contest was becoming very hot on the left, and I thought the enemy advancing. On reaching General Pryor's brigade, which was then on the extreme left of General Longstreet's division, I was requested by General Pryor to bring my brigade to the support of his. I immediately saw the necessity of doing so, and threw my men into line of battle, and marched them in. Overlooking to our extreme left, I saw that an attempt would be made by the enemy to flank us, probably with a very heavy force, and immediately sent back one of my Aids, Lieutenant Sykes, to General Longstreet, requesting him to bring up the reenforcements. General Longstreet had informed me on our march to the field of action that reenforcements would be sent forward. My brigade was advanced to the front lines, to or near a force at the edge of the field. Here they opened a steady fire on the enemy's lines, and the enemy, pouring a well-directed fire into our ranks, seemed not to be giving way, but inclined to advance. My first determination, after giving them a few fires, was to order a charge; but believing the force in front to be vastly superior to ours, and seeing that a flank movement was contemplated by the enemy, I declined to do so, for the reason that it might have resulted in having my small command surrounded and cut off before the reenforcements sent for could come up to our support. At this time I received a painful wound in the shoulder, and was compelled to retire from the field. When I left the field, General Gregg's brigade had reached it, and was but a short distance in rear of mine, forming in line. For what occurred subsequently I refer you to reports of regimental commanders, herewith transmitted. For the casualties and names of those who distinguished themselves in this engagement, I also refer you to lists appended thereto. I regret to learn that in this engagement Lieutenant-Colonel John G. Taylor, of the Second Mississippi battalion, fell, mortally wounded, and died in a few hours. The loss of so gallant, skilful, and experienced an officer, at such a time, cannot but be seriously felt to the cause. Resigning his office in the old army at an early period in this revolution, and quitting his native state, (Kentucky,) and coming here to unite his fortune with ours, the people of the Confederacy should cherish his memory, and will mourn his loss. On this occasion, as on the former, I am greatly indebted to my staff for their valuable services. Captain Parker and Lieutenant Redding were at the right place at the right time in the execution of orders. Major W. R. Barksdale was also present, and rendered valuable services, assisting me to bring the men into line of battle, and geting them into position. Knowing the scarcity of field officers, I sent him to the left of the brigade, to remain there and aid in controlling the movements of that wing. He displayed great coolness, courage, and sagacity. Captain Wynn, of General Wilcox's staff, tendered his services to me, as we were going on the field, as a volunteer Aid, to whom I felt much indebted for his assistance and gallant bearing. All of which is respectfully submitted.
General Kemper's Report.
headquarters First brigade, Longstreet's division, July 17, 1862.Major: I have the honor to submit the following report of the recent operations of my command: This brigade left its camp on the Williamsburg road about dawn on the morning of Thursday, the twenty-sixth ultimo, numbering fourteen hundred and thirty-three muskets, and provided with three days rations, which were carried by the men in their haversacks. The division being marched left in front, during the late operations on the north side of the Chickahominy, the First brigade brought up the rear of its line, and was not ordered into any of the actions which occurred prior to Monday, thirtieth ultimo. It was held in reserve, however, in immediate proximity to the battle-fields of the twenty-sixth and twenty-seventh ultimo, as well
Major G. Moxley Sorrell, Assistant Adjutant-General:
Major G. Moxley Sorrell, Assistant Adjutant-General: