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[487] rally a portion of my troops, which, from the difficulty of the ground and the fierceness of the enemy's fire, had got into some disorder. I do not think I saw him again. Some time after, proceeding to execute my order, he was seen by one of my Captains retiring in a state of exhaustion. He told this officer that he had rallied the troops referred to, and staid with them in the fight until his strength gave out entirely. Major McCrady's regiment had, at this time, been formed, by my orders, somewhat to the rear, preparatory to another movement. Major McCrady went to it, and, in attempting to dismount, fell to the ground, as I have been informed by his brother, Lieutenant Thomas McCrady, who was obliged to leave him thus lying on the ground, when the regiment was shortly afterward ordered, by Major-General A. P. Hill, to take a position in advance. Lieutenant McCrady has not since seen the Major, but understands that he got back to Richmond in a carriage in which he had come to the immediate neighborhood of the battle-ground. I understand that Major McCrady afterward went home on sick leave, granted in Richmond, without referring the application to his commanding officers. If this proceeding was irregular, it was an irregularity which the War Department has permitted until very lately, if it is not still permitted; and Major McCrady cannot be held responsible for it. Colonel Hamilton himself was very unwell during the late operations of the army, and at one time, on the march on the twenty-ninth June, sank fainting from his horse. He refused, however, to go off duty, and although I was advised to order him, I judged it best not to do so. By the power of his constitution, Colonel Hamilton was able to overcome disease in a remarkable manner; and this may cause him to apply his own standard to other men. But I do not think it right. Few men have such power. Possibly Major McCrady may not possess it; but Major McCrady had been sick for a month before the march commenced, and was, perhaps, in a condition of body which no power of mind could overcome. I see no reason whatever to question the good conduct of Major McCrady. I respectfully request that you will ask the Secretary of War to read this.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

Maxcy Gregg, Brigadier-General, Provisional Army, C. S.

Report of Colonel Haywood.

headquarters Seventh regiment N. C. Troops, July 10, 1862.
Brigadier-General L. O'B. Branch, commanding Fourth Brigade, Light Division:
General: In consequence of the fall of that gallant soldier and generous gentleman, Colonel R. P. Campbell, late the commanding officer of this regiment, who was slain in the fight near Gaines's Mill, on the twenty-seventh ultimo, it becomes my duty, as second in command of this regiment, to report to you the proceedings of my troops in the recent battles before Richmond. His fittest monument is the tattered flag which drooped above our glorious dead when this fearful conflict was over.

I have the honor to report that, on the twenty-fifth June, 1862, after orders were received from you, we proceeded, together with the rest of your brigade, from our camp on the Brooke turnpike, up the Telegraph road, toward the Chickahominy River. On the following morning, at half past 3 A. M., after bivouacking the night previous, in pursuance of orders received from you, we were in readiness to move, but did not change our position until ten o'clock A. M., in consequence, as I was informed, of the want of information as to the position of Major-General Jackson. At this hour we were put in motion, the Seventh regiment being in the front of your brigade. We soon reached the Chickahominy, upon the crossing of which, I was immediately thrown forward with three companies — to wit, companies C, F, and A--of this regiment, about one quarter of a mile in front of the head of our column, for the purpose of dislodging the enemy's pickets between us and the Meadow Bridge. After marching a few miles, I encountered about two hundred of the enemy, whom we immediately attacked, and, after a short conflict, drove from their position. We succeeded in capturing their flag, and several of their company books and memoranda, with a slight loss of wounded, and none killed, on my part. The loss of the enemy we had no means of ascertaining. The next point at which we encountered the enemy was a few hundred yards beyond Atlee's Station, on the Virginia Central Railroad. Here we had another severe skirmish. Colonel Campbell, of the Seventh regiment, immediately ordered forward company B. During the skirmish, one of the lastnamed company was mortally, and a few soldiers of the other companies were seriously, wounded. It is a palpable duty, General, that I should express my high appreciation of the gallant conduct of the three companies that were more immediately under my command. Captain J. McLeod Turner, of company F, had assigned to him the perilous duty of covering my front, and skirmishing through woods, open fields, and swamps, for the purpose of discovering the enemy's pickets. Whenever he became engaged, he was promptly and fearlessly sustained by Captain R. B. McRae and J. G. Knox, of companies C and A, under my command. Captain McRae succeeded in bringing away the enemy's flag from the first skirmish, near Crenshaw's, and Captain Knox did his best in effecting the dislodgment of the enemy. After this second skirmish, company F was withdrawn from the front, and company A ordered to assume that position, in order to divide the labors of the march. Captain Knox's company was now engaged in actively firing for a while upon an actual or supposed enemy in our front; but there was no response.

About the middle of the afternoon, having learned that the greater portion of Major-General A. P. Hill's division had crossed the Chickahominy, and was in front of us, I reported to you; whereupon I was ordered to unite my command

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