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[484] upon us, causing one of the wings of the Seventh to give way. On asking the cause of this, I was informed by some of the company officers of the Seventh, whose names I do not know, that Colonel Campbell had ordered them to fall back, and, as there was a large pond of water in my rear, I led my regiment out of the woods by the left flank, when I met you, and was ordered back. I then marched up the road, and wheeled my entire regiment into the same piece of woods. Colonel Lee followed with his regiment, which he intended posting to my right; but the enemy opened upon him just as he was about to turn the angle of the road, and his right was thrown into confusion. This caused companies D, A, and I, of the right wing, and company H, to the left of the colors, in my regiment, to give way. Company D promptly re-formed, and came into line ; the other three companies, I am told, reformed and attached themselves, for the remainder of the day, to other regiments. They were not with me. Colonel Campbell's regiment, seven of my companies, Lieutenant Webb, of company H, and a few rank and file from the three missing companies, engaged the enemy in the woods, and were exposed to a hot fire, when fresh troops came up and relieved us temporarily.

Major James Barbour, General Elzey's Assistant Adjutant-General, approached me soon afterward, and requested me to take my command to the support of a portion of his forces, which had advanced into the open field, in front of the woods. My command advanced most gallantly through the woods, and into the open field, although exposed to a front and right enfilade infantry fire, and bravely remained there until General George 13. Anderson's brigade debouched from the woods to our left and charged across the field. I ordered my men to cease firing when this brigade was nearly in front of us, and, forming on the right, assisted them in clearing the field of the enemy.

At the “advice” of General Anderson, my men being now very much fatigued, I remained with a portion of his brigade, in a somewhat sheltered position, until nightfall, when I rejoined you. Our loss, in this engagement, was thirteen killed and seventy-eight wounded.

Sunday evening we recrossed the Chickahominy, and on Monday evening, the thirtieth, were among the first to engage the enemy. The whole brigade advanced, driving the foe before us, notwithstanding the character of the ground. My regiment, in its advance, had to pass through two skirts of woods, containing swampy ground, and an intermediate open field, in which there was a dwelling, surrounded by a yard and garden, all of which, I am told, had been converted into a temporary breastwork by the enemy. All of my men behaved well in this action, notwithstanding they were exposed to a murderous fire of shell, grape, and small arms. I did not remain with my regiment until the close of the fight, as a flesh wound in the right cheek forced me to leave the field. Our loss was six killed and fifty wounded.

We were not actually engaged in the Tuesday's fight, though we were ordered out late in the evening, and were exposed to a terrific shelling--first in the open field in front of the enemy's guns, and then to the left, in a small piece of woods. Fortunately, we had only one man wounded, and none killed.

With only one Field Officer, three Captains, but few Lieutenants, and our ranks greatly reduced by sickness, caused by the hardships we had to undergo in our retreat from Hanover Court-House, we had to contend with the enemy in the recent terrible engagements before Richmond under many disadvantages; but our loss--one hundred and fifty killed and wounded, out of an effective force of four hundred and eighty, including the ambulance corps, about one third--will show how nobly the Twenty-eighth behaved in this great struggle for independence.

I would respectfully call to your attention Captain T. James Linebarger, of company C, and Captain 1). A. Parker, of company 1); First Lieutenant N. Clark, of company E; First Lieutenant E. G. Morrow, of company G; First Lieutenant W. W. Cloninger, of company B; Second Lieutenant Robert D. Rhyne, of company B. All of these officers behaved with great gallantry and bravery.

Sergeant-Major Milton A. Lowe, on the battle-field of the twenty-seventh and thirtieth, more than once proved himself a brave and fearless young defender of Southern rights, and has won the admiration of all who saw him.

Color-bearer J. P. Little, of company C, was wounded on the twenty-seventh, but was at his post again in a short time. Respectfully,

James H. Lane, Colonel, commanding Twenty-eighth Reg't N. C. Vols.


Report of Lieutenant-Colonel Hoke.

headquarters Thirty-Third regiment N. C. Troops, July 12, 1862.
General L. O'B. Branch, Fourth Brigade, Light Division:
dear General: On twenty-fifth June, you called the commanding officers of your brigade together, and informed us of the intended, and manner of, attack upon the enemy, who were on the north side of the Chickahominy, and at the same time ordered me to have my command ready to move at five o'clock P. M., with three days rations. I, having five companies on picket at the Crenshaw Bridge, was ordered to take command at that point, while the other five companies, under Major Cowan, would march with the brigade, and cross the river at the Telegraph Bridge, and move down the river, in order to drive the enemy from their position.

My orders were, that I should cross the river with the five companies as soon as I heard firing, and make an attack in the rear of the enemy.

About twelve o'clock, on the twenty-sixth, I heard sharp skirmishing, and drew in my pickets in order to cross, and, while doing so, could see that the enemy were in full retreat. While crossing the river, I received a despatch from you ordering me to join the command; that you were


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