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[439] evidence of the severity of the fire under which they were pressed upon the enemy's lines. Unfortunately, that of the Sixteenth, which was borne forward with conspicuous gallantry by Lieutenant-Colonel Ham, commanding, and returned to me completely riddled, and its staff shattered to pieces, was taken by some unworthy hand during the night we remained upon the field. Lieutenant-Colonel Parham, of the Forty-first, the only field officer with the regiment, was unfortunately seriously wounded while boldly leading his regiment into action, and on this account, this regiment participated to a less extent in the fight, though it suffered quite as much, owing to its exposed position while engaged. The brigade carried into this battle ninety-three commissioned officers and eleven hundred and thirty-three non-commissioned officers and privates, and lost, in killed, four officers and thirty-five men, and wounded, thirteen officers and one hundred and fifty-one men ; missing, one hundred and twenty men.

All of which, Colonel, is respectfully submitted.

William Mahone, Brigadier-General.


Report of General Armistead.

headquarters Fourth brigade, Huger's division, July 14, 1862.
Colonel S. S. Anderson, Assistant Adjutant-General, Huger's Division:
Colonel: In obedience to orders, dated headquarters department of Northern Virginia, July tenth, 1862, I have the honor to submit the following report:

June twenty-sixth, 1862, the Fourth brigade, Huger's division, was posted about five miles from Richmond, between the Richmond and York River Railroad and the Williamsburg road. The brigade occupied rifle pits in the margin of the woods, from the railroad to the Williamsburg road, in front of an open field, extending along the line, three quarters of a mile wide, to another belt of woods. The Ninth and Fifty-third regiments, and Fifth battalion, were thrown out as pickets in the woods, in front of the field, with the Third Georgia, of General Wright's brigade, as a reserve. Engaged the enemy at ten o'clock A. M. Enemy in force. The Fourteenth and Thirty-eighth sent in to support the line, which was maintained. Later, the Fourteenth and Thirty-eighth were ordered to occupy the advanced line with the Ninth, Fifty-third, and Fifth battalion as reserve; Second Georgia in rifle pits. Loss on our side, one killed, (private,) one wounded, (Lieutenant,) two missing. Loss of the enemy unknown. Prisoners taken and sent to General Wright's headquarters, one Captain, one Sergeant, and nine privates.

June twenty-sixth, 1862.--The Third Georgia, at five o'clock P. M., relieved the Fourteenth and Thirty-eighth Virginia. The Fifth battalion, Ninth, Fourteenth, and Fifty-third ordered back to rifle pits.

June twenty-seventh, 1862.--The Fifty-third and Ninth relieved the Second Georgia at four o'clock P. M. Enemy tried to force the line. Fourteenth and Thirty-eighth ordered to support it. Enemy driven back. General Huger orders the woods to be held. Don't want to attack. Number of men present in the brigade for duty, eleven hundred and thirty-eight; officers, seventy, exclusive of the Third Georgia.

June twenty-eighth, 1862.--At sunrise, the Fourteenth Virginia was ordered to relieve the Fifty-third, which came back to the rifle pits; reported loss, seven wounded. The Ninth and Fourteenth Virginia in advance, Thirty-eighth as reserve. Four o'clock P. M.--Fifty-seventh Virginia ordered out as advance, all other regiments ordered back to rifle pits.

June twenty-ninth, 1862.--The Thirty-eighth Virginia ordered to support Fifty-seventh, at six o'clock A. M.

During the last five days, there has been constant skirmishing along the line. Sections of Captain Turner's and Stribbling's artillery companies were in position; the former did good service, and delivered a very effective fire. The enemy did not come within range of the guns of the latter, who was ordered not to fire unless the enemy came into the field, or appeared on the railroad. Brigade moved to the Charles City road. Skirmish engagement between General Mahone's brigade in advance and the enemy. Captain Grimes (artillery company) reported to me.

June thirtieth, 1862.--Moved down the Charles City road; General Mahone in advance. Engaged the enemy with artillery. Loss in my brigade, one killed and one wounded.

July first, 1862.--Being on the Charles City road, between the creek called White Oak Swamp, and P. Williams's farm, I was ordered by Major-General Huger, commanding division, with my brigade and General Wright's, to pass to the right of the Charles City road, and take the enemy in flank. Proceeding in this direction, by a blind road, for about two miles, it brought me into the Long Bridge road, near the point where General Longstreet had engaged the enemy the day before. I reported to General Lee, commanding, and was ordered by him to proceed to the Quaker road, in the direction of Willis's church. Proceeding, in obedience to orders, for about a mile through the woods, around Mrs. C. Gathright's farm, I met with Captain Satcatt, the commanding General's Aid, who informed me that the enemy were near this place about twelve o'clock M. I immediately threw out the necessary pickets and skirmishers in front, and took a position with the right of my brigade in a ravine near the edge of the woods skirting Crew's farm on that side. By a reconnoissance, made first by Colonel Edmonds, and soon after verified by General Wright and myself, a sketch of which, made by Colonel Edmonds, was sent by me to the commanding General, I found that the enemy were in large force near and around Crew's house, and that the hill in front of the ravine we occupied was a good position for artillery; it was asked for, and Captains Pegram and Grimes's batteries were sent. The enemy's pickets were handsomely driven in to prepare for our artillery. They were


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