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[483] on Friday evening, and has since died. He was an excellent officer and a brave, true man. My total loss is one hundred and thirty-eight, killed and wounded. A number of the wounded have died since the action. A list of killed and wounded has been heretofore forwarded to you.

Respectfully submitted.

William M. Barber, Lieutenant-Colonel, commanding Thirty-seventh Regiment, N. C. T.


List of officers of Thirty-Seventh regiment who absented themselves from their companies without leave:

Lieutenant McCoy, and Second Lieutenant Sammons, company I, alleged sickness.

Lieutenant Owens, company K, behaved badly, and has not yet returned.

Lieutenant Smith, company F, went to camp, on Tuesday, without permission; alleges he was sick and unfit for duty.

William M. Barber, Lieutenant-Colonel.


Report of Captain Marmaduke Johnson.

Richmond, July 17, 1862.
General: I have just received your order directing me to report to you the part taken by my battery in the late combats before Richmond, accompanied with a list of the killed, wounded, missing, &c. I beg leave to state that I should have done this some time since, but for continued and severe indisposition, on account of which I am now confined in my chamber.

It may not be impertinent to state that, on Thursday, the twenty-sixth ultimo, I was under the command of Brigadier-General Branch, and marched my battery, with his brigade, from Brooke Church to Mechanicsville, and arrived at that place late in the evening, and but a short time before the battle ceased. I took my position behind some incompleted breastworks, erected by the enemy, and had hardly planted my battery when the order was given to cease firing. The breastworks were not in condition to be serviceable, and I kept my men at work all night in putting them in condition so that they could be useful. About daybreak the enemy's batteries, which had created so much havoc the evening before, opened on me, and also most vigorously shelled all the quarters surrounding it. I immediately replied having the cooperation of none of the other batteries on the field--Captain McIntosh having exhausted his ammunition the evening before, and Captain Pegram, I believe, having been ordered to hold his fire. So that this battle was contested alone by my battery and those of the enemy. At six o'clock precisely, I entirely silenced and repulsed them, they hastily leaving their works, after having suffered very great damage, as was obvious from a subsequent visit to the intrenchments. During the two hours of this engagement the fire was unceasingly vigorous on both sides. The enemy had an almost perfect range, and he would have done serious injury to my command, but for the fortunate protection of the breastworks mentioned.

I beg leave to say, that too much praise cannot be awarded to the officers and men for the coolness and intrepidity manifested by them in this, the first heavy engagement in which they had ever participated. In this engagement only two men and two horses were slightly wounded.

Later in the day I marched to the scene of the bloody battle which took place on Friday, and, quite late in the evening, was ordered by General Lee to report with my battery to you, which I immediately did with all possible despatch. You yourself were a personal witness to the behavior of the men and officers. You saw the fearless courage with which they fought through that deadly fire, until twenty of them fell, ten horses killed and wounded, and the battery entirely disabled, exposed to the fire not only of the batteries of the enemy, but of sharpshooters, who could not be seen. You saw them silence one of the batteries, and manfully resist others, until, by your orders, I withdrew them from the field. It is needless, therefore, for me to assure you of my gratification at their behavior.

Accompanying, I send you a list of the casualties, as directed. I have the honor, General, to be

Your most respectful and obedient servant,



Report of Colonel Lane.

headquarters twenty-Eighth regiment N. C. Volunteers, near Richmond, July 12, 1862.
Brigadier-General L. O'B. Branch, commanding Fourth Brigade, Light Division:
General: I have the honor to report that on Wednesday, the twenty-fifth of June, I left camp with my regiment, numbering four hundred and eighty, and, with the balance. of your brigade, proceeded up the Telegraph road, crossed the Chickahominy on the morning of the twenty-sixth, and advanced toward Meadow Bridge. Two of my companies were ordered to Mrs. Crenshaw's bridge, to apprise Lieutenant-Colonel Hoke, with a portion of his regiment, which was doing picket duty on the south side of the Chickahominy, that the way was clear. We then continued our march toward Mechanicsville.

The fight had commenced on our reaching this place, and we were ordered to support a battery, which was firing from the works to the left of the road. I had one man wounded that evening. We slept upon the field, and were held as a support again next morning, when the artillery opened upon us, and another one of my men was wounded. As soon as it was ascertained that the enemy had abandoned his position, and was in full retreat, we were ordered to follow, and, on reaching “Cold Harbor,” the Seventh North Carolina troops and my regiment were ordered into the woods to the left of the road leading to the battle-field. The Seventh preceded us, and when I was about to form my regiment on its left, a sharp fire, both of shell and infantry, was opened


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