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[476] the other for the scientific and untiring manner he performed his duties. Such was their attention and assiduity, that the wounded were moved from the field, their wounds dressed and cared for, and all sent to the hospitals, in the early morning. The one snatched them from the mouth of the cannon, the other from the jaws of death. Each proved themselves with hearts to sympathize with the wounded, and hands ready and willing to offer every assistance.

I am, sir, very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

E. C. Edmonds, Colonel Thirty-eighth Virginia Volunteers.


Report of Major Cabell.

headquarters Thirty-Eighth regiment Virginia volunteers, July 11, 1862.
Captain J. D. Darden, A. A. General, Fourth Brigade, Huger's Division:
sir: I most respectfully submit the following report of the part taken by the Thirty-eighth Virginia regiment in the engagement with the enemy at Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862.

I, with fifty men, deployed as skirmishers, was ordered to proceed to the edge of the wood, to watch and report the movements of the enemy. Soon after which I was ordered to pull down the fence, and advance my lines, which was accordingly being done, when Colonel Edmonds came up with the regiment, in single file, with orders to charge the enemy's pickets, and drive them in, and hold the hill far enough in advance for our artillery to get position, and play upon the enemy. The charge was well executed; and, as the regiment came up, I ordered my command to join in with it, and the enemy were driven pellmell before them; and we held our position from twelve o'clock M., until about half past 5 o'clock P. M., when Generals Mahone and Wright came up with their brigades. The order was given to charge, which was obeyed with promptness and alacrity, the Thirty-eighth being on the right, and leading the charge. After getting in about seventy-five yards of the enemy, they were halted, and commenced a terrific fire, after which the order was again given to charge, which the men did most gallantly — attempted five separate and distinct charges, but were compelled to fall back, for the double reason of not being supported on the left, and the heavy reenforcements coming up to the support of the enemy. The regiment remained upon the advanced line until nightfall, when they were withdrawn by Colonel Edmonds, after all the ammunition had been exhausted. The men all the time displayed great individual coolness, courage, and gallantry, doing, during the whole fight, the most terrible execution.

Our Color-Sergeant, L. H. P. Tapley, to whom the colors were given upon the battle-field at Seven Pines by Major-General D. H. Hill, which he promised he would carry until he fell, did not falsify his word. He always kept the colors in advance — the last order given him being to move slower. The colors were then taken successively by Color-Corporals Cornelius Gilbert, mortally wounded — since died — C. C. Gregory, John Bullington, and L. D. Watkins, all severely wounded. Private Churchwell Parker, company F, then took them, and was almost instantly killed. Lieutenant-Colonel Whittle then took the colors, and gallantly bore them forward, when he, too, whilst continually in advance of the regiment, was severely wounded, having the larger bone in one arm broken. Captain R. T. Daniel, Adjutant Fifth Kentucky regiment, being on furlough, volunteered for the fight, and was assigned to the command of company F, grasped the colors, and coolly and calmly waving them, appeared not to be moving a muscle, save the motion of his arm. He was calling on the company, which he so well commanded, to rally around them, when he fell, pierced with three balls. As he fell he drove the staff into the ground, still holding on to it, until taken from him by Colonel Edmonds, in whose hands the staff was soon after shot with grape, and literally shivered into fragments. The colors were borne from the field by the only remaining Color-Corporal, William M. Bohannon, upon a musket, and, upon examination, were found to have been pierced in fifty places. It is with deep sorrow and profound regret that I have to report the death of First Lieutenant Napoleon D. Price, commanding company D, who fell, shot through the bowels, whilst gallantly charging in advance of his company, calling on them to follow him. He was a generous, high-toned, honorable, Christian gentleman, and, I doubt not, is now enjoying peace and heavenly rest. All the officers of the regiment behaved with great gallantry, charging, in every instance, in advance of their respective commands. Such was the conduct of all the officers that I feel that it would be doing injustice to mention one above another; and I feel sure all they desire is the consciousness of having done their duty, which, I am sure, all should feel. Colonel Edmonds and Colonel Whittle may have some such to report; if so, they will attend to it at some future day. The number reported among the non-commissioned officers and privates for individual gallantry is so large that I cannot give it with this. If, however, the General desires it, I will have a list of their names made out and forwarded to him. I am, sir, respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

Joseph R. Cabell, Major, commanding Thirty-eighth Virginia Regiment.


Report of those who distinguished themselves in the Thirty-Eighth Virginia volunteers, at the battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862.

Company A. Captain Townes reports all of his men as having fought bravely and well, particularly private George A. Finch.

Company B. Company commander absent. Regimental commander reports all as having fought bravely. Sergeant W. T. Atkins, and privates Green, Jones, John Arthur, James Dunn, and George J. Shelton, as worthy of especial mention.


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