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[513] locality of certain arms left by the enemy at Shirley, and supposed to be under guard, and where I would meet a detail of one hundred men from General Hill's division, who would cooperate with me in driving off the enemy and capturing the arms, which I was ordered to do. I assembled my command as speedily as possible, and began the march, from my camp near Malvern Hill, to Shirley, about an hour before sundown. After marching about six miles, I arrived at Colonel Cobb's camp, and procured the information desired, and a guide, and then resumed the march, taking with me the detail of one hundred men from General Hill's division, who were under the command of Captain Tayloe. I reached the cavalry outposts of Colonel Cobb, under command of Captain King, about half past 1 P. M., where, on account of the darkness of the night, and the scattered condition of the arms, I concluded to bivouac for the night.

Early in the morning, I called up my command, and after requesting Captain King (who promptly complied) to send cavalry scouts in advance, I took up the march for the field in which the arms were scattered. Neither a land force nor the gunboats of the enemy were to be seen. So, with the assistance of Captain King, of Cobb's legion, and of Major White, of the Seventh South Carolina regiment, who was ordered to accompany me on the expedition, and of the officers of my command, we went earnestly to work, and soon picked up all tile arms on the field, and conveyed them about a mile to the rear, where they were turned over to Captain Tayloe, who had wagons from General Hill's division in waiting, to convey them to the ordnance department. I then allowed the men time to breakfast, and returned to camp, reporting, immediately on my arrival, my return to Brigadier-General Kershaw.

The number of arms gathered was about nine hundred and twenty-five, (925.) Several arms were brought to the wagons after I received reports from commanders of companies is the reason I cannot specify the exact number. The arms were good, of modern patterns, and in fine condition, considering the exposure.

I take occasion to express my obligation to Colonel Cobb for furnishing me with valuable information and a guide. Also to Captain King of the same corps, for his assistance to me in gathering the arms.

The distance marched was about ten miles each way.

I am, very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

James D. Nance, Colonel, commanding Third South Carolina Regiment.


Reports of Colonel Aiken of operations from June 25 to June 29, 1862.

headquarters Seventh South Carolina regiment, July 13, 1862.
General: In obedience to a circular received this A. M., I beg leave to submit the following report:

On Wednesday, twenty-fifth ultimo, the Seventh South Carolina regiment lay in bivouac at Camp Reserve, four miles east of Richmond. At sunset of that day I received orders to go on picket the next morning at seven o'clock. During Thursday, and until Friday, ten A. M., I acted as the picket reserve of a Louisiana regiment, when I was relieved by Colonel Nance of the Third South Carolina regiment. Returning from picket, when about half way to camp, I was halted, and ordered to report again to Colonel Nance, and, with him, to “feel the enemy” in front of our pickets. When prepared in line of battle, with skirmishers thrown out, to make the advance, orders were received to withdraw, and for the Seventh regiment to report as a support to Colonel Barksdale, but form on his right, and advance with him against tile enemy. I formed as ordered; and, for some reason, was not notified by Colonel Barksdale that an advance was about being made, until four and a half o'clock in the afternoon. Skirmishers were being thrown forward, and the advance about being made, when Colonel Hennegan appeared on the field, and ordered me to join him at the point I had left Colonel Nance in the forenoon. I did so with despatch; and from that point attacked and drove in the enemy's pickets, advancing only so far as enabled our skirmishers to see the breastworks of the enemy, our orders being to prevent a general engagement, but simply to learn the enemy's strength, if possible. While halted in this position, we were subjected to constant shelling from the enemy's fortifications, resulting in a loss to the Seventh regiment of one killed and three wounded. At dusk we withdrew to the rear of the picket reserve, just in front of the fortifications occupied by Semmes's brigade, where we remained until half past 9 P. M., when we were ordered back to Camp Reserve. From that time until Sunday morning, the Seventh regiment remained in bivouac, when we were again ordered forward mention of which was made in my former report.

Respectfully submitted.

D. Wyatt Aiken, Colonel, commanding Seventh South Carolina Regiment.


Battle of June 29, 1862.

headquarters Seventh South Carolina regiment, July 10, 1862.
General: I beg leave to submit the following report of the action of the Seventh South Carolina regiment, in tile engagement of the twenty-ninth ultimo:

At eleven P. M., Saturday, twenty-eighth, I received orders to prepare to march at early dawn on Sunday. Such preparation was made; but we did not move until nine A. M., when I joined with my command the remainder of the brigade, at a point known as our picket reserve. From this we advanced upon the enemy's breastworks, and found them evacuated. Hence we marched by a flank down theNine-mile road to the railroad, where we were drawn up in line of battle on the left of the railroad. Advancing but a short distance, we moved by the right flank, and crossed


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