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[523] retired and the firing ceased. Colonel McIntosh, who was at the front and on the most exposed part of the line, gallantly cheering the men on, fell, mortally wounded, early in the engagement, and was borne from the field. The command then devolved upon me, as Lieutenant-Colonel, and, after the dead and wounded (a detailed list of which has already been furnished) were carried from the field, the regiment, by order of General Toombs, retired to the rear, and rested till daylight on the morning of the twenty-eighth, and then moved back to the same point, where the previous evening's engagement had taken place, to the support of the Seventh and Eighth Georgia regiments. The engagement ended with but few casualties in this regiment, which have also been reported in the list of casualties furnished. We bivouacked on the field, and, at three o'clock A. M., June twenty-ninth, by order of General Toombs, formed line of battle with the entire brigade, and, at an early hour, entered the enemy's works without much resistance, and moved with the brigade in pursuit of the retreating foe, till a late hour at night, and bivouacked in the open air. Early next morning, June thirtieth, took up the line of march, and reached the battle-field at Frazier's farm about eleven o'clock P. M., and remained on the field till dawn, July first; then advanced in line of battle, Captain George A. Pace, company B, being thrown forward as skirmishers. The advance continued till after twelve o'clock M., when I became completely exhausted from fatigue, loss of sleep, and physical weakness, (having been in very feeble health for several weeks,) and was compelled to leave the command of the regiment for a short time to Major T. J. Smith, (who was also very feeble from illness,) who led the regiments in the engagement at Malvern Hill. He soon became exhausted, and was borne from the field. Captain S. Z. Heansberger, the senior Captain, assumed the command till the close of the engagement.

The list of casualties during this engagement has also been furnished.

Respectfully submitted.

W. T. Millian, Colonel Fifteenth Regiment Georgia Volunteers.


Report of Colonel Neff.

headquarters Thirty-Third Virginia regiment, July 8, 1862.
Captain J. F. O'Brien, A. A. General, First Brigade, V. D.:
sir: I have the honor to make the following report of the operations of the regiment under my command in the recent engagements with the enemy in front of Richmond:

The report must necessarily lack clearness, owing to the fact that the ground on which we operated was entirely unknown to me. There are general landmarks or starting-points with which to locate my position, yet I trust to make myself tolerably intelligible.

We had been halting on the road leading along in rear of the enemy's right flank, until late in the afternoon of Friday, the twenty-seventh of June, when the brigade was again put in motion, and marched on down the road for, perhaps, two miles, when the regiments were counter-marched and the pieces loaded. Heavy firing was heard on our right, over a line extending for several miles. This firing, as I was informed, was from the divisions of Generals Hill, Ewell, and Longstreet, who were actively engaging the enemy's right flank, posted on the north side of the Chickahominy River and occupying Gaines's farm. Our brigade was immediately in rear of General Lawton's brigade, which was moving along very slowly in the road already mentioned. Coming to the end of the woods which had skirted the road for a long distance, we filed to the right, the Twenty-seventh Virginia leading, my regiment following immediately in rear. After marching through a clover-field, by a small white house, in the edge of the field, we turned off to the right, the men leaving their blankets at the corner of a narrow lane, which we now entered, marching directly for the battle-field. Our progress being no longer obstructed by troops in our front, we pushed rapidly on through pine thickets and swamps for about a half a mile, until we reached an open plain, with a wood in front, beyond which the battle seemed to be raging. Shells were flying over the field, and wounded and stragglers were falling to the rear every moment. Some few of the latter were rallied, and joined the regiment. On the edge of this plain, the Twenty-seventh and Thirty-third were formed into line of battle, the Thirty-third on the right, but soon moved off again, marching by the flank, the Thirty-third in front.

We marched on in this manner across the field to an old road, having the telegraph wires extending along its course. Here we halted, and the brigade formed in column of regiments, Thirty-third in front. Soon after, and near sundown, a line of battle was formed, and the whole line moved forward in the direction of the firing, Thirty-third on the right. Marching on, we soon entered the woods, a portion of which contained thick undergrowth. The firing in our front was very heavy; shells were bursting over us, and rifle balls, pretty well spent, were also falling in our midst.

After entering the woods some forty or fifty paces, I came upon a Georgia regiment, lying in the woods, and passed my men through in rear, where we lay for the night, throwing out pickets on our front and flanks.

Soon after taking this position, I was joined by a portion of the regiment commanded by Major Holliday, which had become separated from the rest of the regiment, in the swamp, as already mentioned. This portion of the regiment had advanced farther to our right than any of our forces, and was fired upon by a New York regiment, inflicting a loss upon us of one man killed. The hostile regiment running as soon as it fired, no opportunity was given to return their fire.

The loss of the regiment was one killed and three wounded: among the wounded, Lieutenant Esthham, company I.


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