swept by the enemy's fire. Here we met officers and men hastening to the rear, who reported that all our troops were in retreat. Still the regiment was pushed forward, to join, if possible, the brigade. The Fifth was in our rear. The darkness, the rapid march, and the woods had separated the men very much; and the command was exceedingly small. Concealing them by a deep ravine in a wood, within one hundred and fifty yards of the----road, I rode out until I struck the road. Here I could not see any of our troops, and the fire from the enemy was incessant. On my return to the regiment, Colonel Baylor called me to a consultation, and the result was, that we should fall back and join our brigade, our impression being that our troops had been driven from this portion of the field. If we remained, we would expose the men to a fire which they could not reply to, or be cut off by the enemy; therefore, marching to the rear by nearly the same route we had advanced, we struck the----road at----Church, and learning that General Winder had not fallen back, we re-formed our regiments, and reported to him. Providentially we had only two men wounded, though exposed to as heavy a fire as ever the regiment was under. With this I send you a list of the killed and wounded.
Lawson Botts, Lieutenant-Colonel, commanding.
Headquarters Second regiment Virginia volunteers, (Infanlry.)
Captain: I have the honor to report the following as the list of killed and wounded, in Second regiment Virginia volunteers, in the actions of June twenty-seventh and July first, 1862: Field and Staff. Killed: Colonel James W. Allen, June twenty-seven. Wounded: Major Frank B. Jones, June twenty-seven; since died. Company A. Killed: none. Wounded: none. Company B. Killed: none. Wounded: Charles A. Keyser. Company C. Killed: Second Sergeant David Keeler, June twenty-seven. Wounded: Sergeant J. Erns; privates J. McCormick, James Chamblin. Company D. Killed: none. Wounded: privates Pat. Hailey, N. Criffin, J. Franklin, June twenty-seven. Company E. Killed: privates Joseph Hirsey, John Kern, and Isaac Webb. Wounded: Captain R. G. Coltson, First Sergeant C. A. Manor; privates G. Prince, D. Hahn, L. P. Gazey, James Dean, John Spitzer,----Hundshaw. Company F. Killed: none. Wounded: Captain J. B. Burgess, First Lieutenant Samuel Kinsey. Company G. Killed: none. Wounded: David Moler, Samuel Shutz. Company H. Killed: none. Wounded: none. Company I. Killed: George Riggle, June twenty-seven. Wounded: John R. Nurn, July first. Company K. Killed: none. Wounded: N. Miller, J. Bull. Total killed: officers, three; non-commissioned officers, none; privates, four. Total wounded: officers, three; non-commissioned officers, two; privates, fourteen. Respectfully,
Lawson Botts, Lieutenant-Colonel, commanding.
Report of Major Lowe.
The following is a report of the part taken by the Twenty-first Georgia regiment in the battle of Friday, June twenty-seven, 1862: The regiment, commanded by Colonel C. A. Evans, being cut off and separated from the brigade, was conducted, under the direction of Captain Lawton, A. A. General, to the extreme left of the left wing of the army, and placed in position opposite Sikes's brigade of United States regulars, which last was supported by three pieces of artillery. The battle raged with uninterrupted fury for an hour, the firing becoming gradually weaker upon the side of the enemy. About half past 7 P. M. the ammunition of the regiment being nearly exhausted, the command was given to retire, which was obeyed in good order. The regiment marched in line of battle fifty paces to the rear, where they were again faced to the enemy. The Colonel, now perceiving that the firing had ceased, marched his men into the woods, about three hundred yards distant, where they slept during the night upon their arms.
J. H. Lowe, Major, commanding.
Report of Major Griffin.
headquarters twenty-Sixth Georgia regiment, July 25, 1862.On Friday, twenty-seventh June, the Twenty-sixth Georgia regiment, then on the march, under command of Colonel E. N. Atkinson, about four o'clock P. M., were ordered to halt and load their guns. After loading, were ordered forward at quick time. About half past 4 o'clock P. M., the regiment was ordered into action. After going at double-quick for some one and a half miles, through shell and shot, arrived at the scene of action, and were ordered to enter the woods in line of battle. The regiment entered a dense forest, down a considerable grade. In crossing a ravine, through brambles, brush, mud, and water, the regiment became divided, four companies on the left wing going obliquely to the left, and the five right companies (the regiment then had but nine companies) going obliquely to the right. The left companies, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel McDonald and Major E. S. Griffin, continued on through the swamp, and soon became engaged with the enemy. First they mistook the enemy for friends, but soon became convinced of their error, and continued to press forward and fire. A heavy fire was kept up by the enemy for some one and a half or two hours, when they fled in confusion. During the engagement, the four companies were often encouraged by the presence of General Lawton, who, himself, during the entire time,