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Company C. Lieutenant Anderson reports all as having behaved well--Sergeant J. J. Cassada, Color-Corporal William Bohannon, privates R. L. Sneed, A. M. Simpson, Alexander Prewett, Benjamin H. Lewis, Eli J. Lewis, specially.

Company D. Lieutenant Herndon reports all as having behaved so well that he cannot make distinctions without doing injustice.

Company E. Captain Tyree severely wounded and absent. Lieutenant Knight, now commanding, reports all as having fought bravely, except one or two, and reports Sergeant Miller, privates John T. Brown, John Davis, Hillery Bolten, J. C. Clayton, Larkin Davis, Kilech and W. H. Howerton, wounded.

Company F. Captain R. T. Daniel, commander. He is absent, wounded. The regimental commander reports all as having fought well, except one or two. He regards privates Churchwell Parker and Daniel Hodnett, who were killed, and private Joseph Singleton, as worthy of special mention.

Company G. Captain Lee reports the company as having behaved well. He desires to mention the following named non-commissioned officers and privates as having displayed individual gallantry: Sergeant H. H. Moore, Corporal Robert F. Mackasey, privates W. W. Graves, Alexander Gilchrist, Alexander Nethery, R. D. Riggins, John D. Algood, Samuel W. Crowder, James Singleton, George T. Tucker, C. S. Roffe, and Henry Hoteln.

Company H. The regimental commander reports private Dudley as worthy of special mention.

Company I. Captain W. W. Wood was severely shocked by a bomb early in the action. The regimental commander reports all as having behaved well.

Company K. Captain Griggs reports all as having behaved so well that he cannot mention one above another without doing injustice. The regimental commander reports the Color-Sergeant and guard as having won for themselves immortal honor. It consisted of Sergeant L. P. H. Tapley, killed, whilst gallantly carrying the colors in advance of the regiment; Color-Corporal Cornelius Gilbert, mortally wounded, since dead, for the same; Color-Corporals L. D. Watkins, C. C. Gregory, and John Bullington, for gallantly bearing the colors, in turn, in advance of the regiment. Color-Corporal William Bohannon behaved gallantly, and brought our colors from the field upon a musket, the staff having previously been shivered into fragments.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,

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


Report of Colonel Deshler.

camp near Swift Creek, July 15, 1862.
Brigadier-General W. N. Pendleton, Chief of Artillery, C. S. A., in the field:
General: In compliance with your letter of yesterday, to General Holmes, I enclose, herewith, a report of the number of batteries serving with this division:

You will notice in the column of remarks opposite to Graham's battery, that that battery lost two guns (one rifled Parrott and one six-pounder) near Malvern Cliff, on the thirtieth June, though the battery was not directly in action.

While the division was in position near New Market, on the afternoon of the thirtieth, I received directions from General Holmes to take six rifle guns, and go to a position down the road, toward Malvern Cliff, to be shown to me by Captain Meade, engineer corps, and there to open upon the enemy. Accordingly, I proceeded with six rifle guns, taken by sections, from Brem's, Branch's, and French's batteries, with the Thirtieth Virginia as a support, down the road toward the enemy's position on Malvern Cliff. Captain Meade accompanied me, and designated two points as practicable for establishing a battery. Upon consultation with him, and also Major Stevens, engineers, I selected a position, and, after great difficulty, succeeded in getting five guns in battery. This difficulty was caused by a heavy growth of forest timber, and much underbrush. In order to get the guns in position, it was necessary to leave the road, and go for some distance through a thick wood. In the mean time, whilst I was thus occupied, General Holmes had brought his division down the road, to support this advanced battery. Being in front myself, I saw nothing of the batteries until ten P. M. of that night, so that the facts I now give you relative to the loss of these guns are from the evidence of others, and not from my own personal observation.

As soon as I had the rifle gun battery in position, and received word from General Holmes that the infantry were in position to support me, I opened fire. The enemy immediately responded with a very large battery, or rather a number of batteries, situated on a commanding cliff or hill. Their guns occupied such an extent of ground, that it gave them almost a cross-fire upon me. It was impossible to tell accurately the number of pieces that they had in battery; I tried to count them, but could not do so, as they made such a smoke that I could not see their line clearly. I judged that they had twenty-five to thirty pieces playing upon my battery. Being so much superior to me in metal, after about an hour's firing, they had pretty well disabled my battery, so many men being wounded that the guns could not be properly served, and it being necessary to disable the caissons in order to supply the pieces with horses. One or two limbers and caissons were blown up. Under these circumstances, I ceased firing, and withdrew my pieces. None of the guns or caissons which were in action were lost; but, as I afterward learned, unfortunately, the reserve batteries were so situated that the enemy's shell and shot, which passed over my battery, fell amongst them; in addition, they were exposed to a heavy cross-fire from gunboats in James River. At this time, there appears to have been very bad conduct on the part of some of the artillery. Graham's battery seems to have completely stampeded; the pieces and caissons got entangled amongst the


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