regiment was then marched across the woods, and in its march captured thirty or forty prisoners, mostly unhurt, who had secreted themselves in the thick brush and felled timber. The regiment was then halted in line of battle, and laid upon its arms during the night on the battle-field. None of the regiment were hurt. Early Saturday morning, twenty-eighth, the regiment was marched down the road, passing Camp Lincoln, and was advanced toward the bridge crossing Chickahominy River. The regiment was again ordered back, and ordered to the forks of the road at a mill to the left of Chickahominy Bridge, where the regiment remained during the day, and captured three prisoners, one of which was wounded. At night the regiment was marched back to camp ; and again, on the twenty-ninth, returned to the same post, where it remained until about noon, when it was ordered across the Chickahominy River, crossing the bridge and taking the road by the way of Savage's Station. Nothing worthy of note occurred until Tuesday evening, July first, when heavy firing was again heard immediately in front, when the regiment, in conjunction with the other regiments of the brigade, was ordered up and took position in the woods, near Malvern Hill, where numerous shell were thrown by the enemy, but did the regiment no damage. After remaining at this point some time, the regiment was ordered along the road, and in the direction of the battle; but before it reached the field the battle had nearly ceased, when it was ordered to hold the field, in conjunction with other regiments, which it did, lying on its arms during the night. The next morning the regiment was ordered back to camp, near a church. After this nothing worthy of special note occurred. Respectfully submitted.
Henry Law, Major, commanding Regiment.
Report of Captain Leigh, of First Virginia battalion.
headquarters First Virginia battalion, Provisional Army, C. S., camp near Liberty Mills, July 22, 1862.Captain: In obedience to an order to that effect, I have the honor to make the following report of the part taken by this battalion in the recent operations near Richmond: On the morning of Friday, the twenty-seventh of June, the battalion was encamped, along with the rest of the brigade, at a point on the Meadow Bridge road, in Hanover County, about twelve miles from Richmond. About sunrise we were aroused by the sound of cannon in the direction of Cold Harbor, and immediately marched toward it. After numerous and long halts, we reached the vicinity of the battle-field, about five o'clock in the evening, and were ordered forward into action. As the brigade hastened onward, Lieutenant-Colonel Cunningham, who was then in command of it, ordered it to move forward at double-quick time. But this order was not communicated to me, and as the battalion was in rear of the brigade, and the route lay across several marshy streams and through a body of woods, I did not perceive that the rest of the brigade was rapidly separating itself from us. On emerging from the woods, I was, therefore, surprised to find that the rest of the brigade was out of sight. At this juncture, an orderly, Mr. Price, came with orders to guide us to the brigade; but it had moved so rapidly that he was himself unable to find it. Sending Mr. Price to seek for the brigade, I continued to lead the battalion forward, and, after proceeding a short distance, met Mr. Samuel D. Mitchell, who was then acting as Aid-de-camp to Brigadier-General Winder, and had orders to conduct the brigade to a position in rear of that occupied by the first brigade. Mr. Mitchell went on in search of Lieutenant-Colonel Cunningham, and I thought it best to carry the battalion at once to the position assigned to the brigade. Upon our coming up to the First brigade, General Winder, ordered me to form the battalion in line of battle a few paces in rear of the First brigade. We remained there, under quite a severe artillery fire, until about half past 7 o'clock, when General Winder, ordered the First brigade, the battalion, and several other regiments, to form in line of battle and move forward to charge the enemy in front of us. The battalion occupied the centre of the line. We advanced in this manner across one or two small swamps, through some wooded land, and over some open fields, driving the enemy before us from one position to another, until we approached a body of woods beyond the house subsequently occupied by General Winder as his headquarters. By this time it had become quite dark, and for this reason, I presume, General Winder ordered us to halt. We shortly afterward retired to a position in front of the house just mentioned. We lay there upon our arms all night, in the midst of the enemy's dead and wounded. During the charge, the fire of the enemy was, at times, quite severe; and at one point, three of the men in the battalion were wounded within a few moments of each other. They were: First Sergeant Everett, and Fourth Sergeant McFarland, of company A, and private Lewis Beckman, of company C. Sergeant Everett was shot through the bladder, and has since died. He was an old soldier, although not an old man, thoroughly acquainted with his duties, and uniformly diligent in the discharge of them. I believe he has left no braver and no better soldier behind him. His loss is irreparable to his company. On Saturday, the twenty-eighth of June, the battalion rejoined the brigade, and remained with it at Cold Harbor all day. On Sunday, the twenty-ninth of June, Brigadier-General Jones assumed the command of the brigade. We marched to the bridge across the Chickahominy, but it was not in a condition to enable us to pass, and we returned to our camping ground of the previous day. On Monday, the thirtieth of June, the brigade crossed the Chickahominy, and proceeded to a
Captain R. N. Wilson, A. A. General, Second Brigade, V. D.:
Captain R. N. Wilson, A. A. General, Second Brigade, V. D.: