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The fire of the enemy was very heavy, and I regret to report the loss of Major Crumpler, severely wounded, since dead; Lieutenant Gaines, Adjutant, wounded; eleven privates and noncommissioned officers wounded, and brought off. One private, Third Virginia regiment, severely wounded. Captain Ruffin, Lieutenant Shields, and forty-six non-commissioned officers missing, being wounded, killed, and thrown from their horses.

All the officers and men behaved with the greatest coolness and bravery. I saw every officer and man doing his duty promptly and well.

On Monday, the cavalry was kept on the right to ascertain the position of the enemy, and follow any success.

On Tuesday, was ordered on the left of General Jackson, and afterward in scouring the country for prisoners; but nothing to report.

On Wednesday, I joined General Stuart, and my regiment accompanied him in pursuit of the enemy. Since then, they have been on picket duty, in front of the enemy during the whole time, with an occasional skirmish incident to such service, but of no importance.

I am, sir, with much respect,

T. S. Bower, Lieutenant-Colonel.


Report of Colonel Goode.

White house, July 15, 1862.
Brigadier-General J. E. B. Stuart, commanding Cavalry:
General: In compliance with your order of the thirteenth instant, I have the honor to report the following as the operations of my regiment from the twenty-sixth June to the tenth of July:

On the twenty-sixth June, the regiment was on the Williamsburg road, as a reserve. Early in the morning of the twenty-seventh, in compliance with an order from General Lee, I moved down on the Darbytown road, to reconnoitre the position of the enemy in the vicinity of White Oak Swamp. A portion of the regiment being left along the enemy's lines, to observe his movements, the remainder returned that day to camp.

On Saturday evening, (the twenty-eighth,) I was ordered, with my command, to join Colonel Baker, of the First North Carolina cavalry, who was under orders to reconnoitre the position of the enemy on the Charles City road, in the vicinity of White Oak Swamp, and, if possible, to penetrate his lines. In the execution of this order, I moved down upon the Charles City road on Saturday night.

Early on Sunday morning, (twenty-ninth,) I moved off, with Colonel Baker, in the direction of the Long Bridge. As we approached Willis's Church, we came upon and charged a body of the enemy's cavalry. Following them a short distance, we were opened upon by several pieces of artillery, when we found ourselves in an ambuscade of artillery, infantry, and cavalry. My regiment had one man severely (supposed to be mortally) wounded, and retired in good order. That evening, I returned to my encampment, and a few hours afterward, in compliance with an order from General Lee, moved down on the Darbytown road, reporting to Major-General Longstreet. In compliance with his order, early on the morning of Monday, the thirtieth, I reported to Colonel Jenkins, commanding General Anderson's brigade, and moved down as his advanced guard, until he came upon the enemy, on the Charles City and Quaker roads. Some time after the fight commenced, I was ordered by General Longstreet to a position a short distance in the rear, which I maintained during that day.

On the morning of Tuesday, the first July, I was ordered to move down the River road, in the direction of Malvern Hill. After remaining in that vicinity for some hours, I was ordered, under Colonel Baker, First North Carolina cavalry, to take position on the right and rear of General Lee. After occupying that position several hours, my command moved with Colonel Baker, with a view of getting to the command of General Jackson, beyond the Quaker road. After moving some miles in that direction, the advance guard from my regiment, thrown out by Colonel Baker, reported that both sides of the road leading to Jackson's left, which road was exceedingly narrow and thickly wooded on either side, were occupied in force by the enemy's sharpshooters. It was deemed impracticable to make the connection with Jackson's command, and we encamped that night at Gatewood's farm.

Early on the morning of Wednesday, the second July, my regiment was ordered by yourself to move down by way of Nance's shop and Forge Bridge, to Talleysville, and return by way of Bottom's Bridge; the execution of which order occupied Wednesday, the second, and Thursday, the third July.

On the fourth July, I remained in camp, and the fifth reported my command to you at Salem Church, in Charles City County, and on the next day, sixth, in compliance with your order, moved to this place, where I remained until the tenth instant; when, in obedience to an order from General Lee, I moved with my command in the direction of Norman's Ferry, with a view of intercepting a party of the enemy's cavalry, reported to be crossing the Mattapony at Walkerton. Learning, however, that night, from Dr. Walker, who had conveyed to General Lee the intelligence of this supposed move of the enemy, that he had retired in the direction of, and most probably to, Gloucester Point, I returned, on the next day, to this place.

I have the honor to report that, since forwarding to you an inventory of the Government property at this place, a few days since, a large wagon train has been sent down, which carried off everything of value. There is nothing of any value or consequence remaining.

I have the honor to submit for your decision whether the men over thirty-five, who have not reenlisted, are entitled to a discharge to-morrow, the tenth.

I am, General, very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

Thomas F. Goode, Colonel, commanding.


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