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[531] and the balance of the brigade, who had become detached from us as we passed through the first strip of woods we reached. The enemy kept up, for an hour or two, an occasional artillery fire, and then withdrew, leaving their dead and wounded on the field.

I again call attention to the coolness and courage of Major Baker and Adjutant Hill, and beg to favorably mention the conduct of Lieutenant E. L. Conally, of company A; Captain W. W. Hartsfield, Lieutenants James Andrews and B. L. Powell, of company D. The limits proper for this report do not admit of the mention of all whom I would like to notice favorably for their gallantry.

I am, Captain, very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

M. Douglass, Colonel, commanding Regiment.

Report of Captain Smith, of twenty-seventh Virginia regiment.

headquarters twenty-Seventh regiment Virginia volunteers, July 7, 1862.
Captain J. O'Brien, Assistant Adjutant-General, First Brigade:
sir: I respectfully submit the following report of the part which the Twenty-seventh Virginia regiment took in the battles of the twenty-seventh ultimo and the first instant:

On the twenty-seventh ultimo, the regiment, under command of Colonel Grigsby, marched with the First brigade until it approached the crest of a hill opposite where the battle was then raging with tremendous violence. It was then drawn up in line of battle with the brigade. Its position in the line was on the right of the Fourth Virginia regiment, and on the left of the Thirty-third Virginia. The regiment here numbered one hundred and twenty-five men in ranks and eighteen commissioned officers. From the position where we were drawn up, we advanced, in line with the brigade, through a dense thicket of brush and timber, until we came into a cleared field, where were still standing some tents of the enemy; we then changed the direction of our advance by a left half-wheel, and then we marched directly upon a battery of the enemy which was throwing grape and shell profusely. This battery was soon silenced, and we marched to a position beyond this battery. It being then quite dark, and the enemy completely routed, we were ordered to halt. We then threw out pickets to protect our front, and remained on the field for the night. My regiment simply made a charge, without firing during the engagement. We were ordered to use the bayonet. The enemy gave way before us. I had none killed, and but two slightly wounded.

At the battle of the first instant, the Twenty-seventh regiment was marched up the road in column with the brigade until it came within about a half mile of the battle-field, when the whole brigade filed to the right, into a piece of woods. There my regiment, in a line with the brigade, supported on the right by the Thirty-third Virginia, and on the left by the Fourth Virginia regiment, advanced by the right flank, through the woods, then into an open field, and then again through a very dense forest of brush and timber, across the main road, to the position assigned on the field. The shot and shell fell fast and thick on us as we marched on, and, just before reaching our position on the field, Colonel A. J. Grigsby, while leading the regiment in his dauntless and fearless style, was struck by a minie ball, inflicting under his left arm a painful, but not dangerous, wound. The regiment was ordered to fire, which it did, and continued firing for some length of time, when it was ordered to charge on a battery. This was attempted; but the regiment, being much scattered, and unsupported by sufficient force, was compelled to desist. The regiment then resumed its original position on the field, and continued firing until the fight closed. The loss of the regiment in this engagement, out of about seventy who went into the fight, was one killed and two wounded.


Colonel A. J. Grigsby, wounded, on the first instant.

Company B. Sergeant John Ford, wounded, on the twenty-seventh ultimo; Michael Tool, wounded, on the first instant.

Company H. M. R. Hanger, wounded, on the twenty-seventh ultimo; N. D. McClure, killed, on the first instant.


G. C. Smith, Captain, commanding Twenty-seventh Regiment Virginia Volunteers.

Report of Captain Wooding.

General: My battery marched from Port Republic to the fortifications of the enemy near Richmond, with the Third brigade, commanded, in your absence, by Colonel Fulkerson.

On Friday, the twenty-seventh June, we arrived to within a short distance of the battle-field at Gaines's Mill, about four o'clock P. M. Soon afterward the infantry were ordered to leave the road, and advance by a narrow path through the woods in the direction whence the firing proceeded. Colonel Fulkerson ordered me to remain where I was, and, if needed, he would send for me. I received no order from the Colonel that evening, but on the morning of the twenty-eighth, received orders from Colonel Warren, of the Tenth regiment, (Colonel Fulkerson having been mortally wounded,) to bring my battery forward. This order I promptly obeyed. No engagement, however, was had with the enemy by our brigade on this day or the day following.

On Monday, the thirtieth, whilst on the march, in pursuit of the retiring enemy, I received orders from General Hampton, then commanding the brigade, to hasten to the front of the column

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