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[534] was in the midst of danger. The five right companies, after crossing the ravine, under a tremendous fire of musketry, advanced up the opposite hill, crossed a second ravine, when they were ordered by an Aid-de-camp of General Ewell to lie down and remain until the exact position of our friends could be ascertained. While in this position, the enemy advanced to the brink of the hill, at the foot or bottom of which the five right companies were lying, and poured into us a heavy fire of musketry. Our men were ordered to fire, (which they did,) and load and fire again; they continued to do so, until the enemy fled precipitately from the woods and across the open field. The five companies continued forward, and after crossing the field, joined the four left companies about dark, and bivouacked for the night.

On Tuesday, first July, the Twenty-sixth regiment was not engaged with the enemy, though, with the balance of the brigade, it was marched, under a heavy cannonading, up to the field, and near the immediate scene of action. Slept on their arms during the night.

Respectfully submitted.

E. S. Griffin, Major, commanding Twenty-sixth Regiment Georgia Volunteers.


Report of Major Garnett.

camp near Richmond, July 23, 1862.
General D. R. Jones, commanding First Division, A. P.:
General: I have the honor to make the following report of the action of the artillery attached to your division, in the engagement of twenty-seventh, twenty-eighth, and twenty-ninth June and first July:

There were attached Captains Moody and Woolfolk to General Toombs's brigade, and Captains Brown and Hart to Colonel Anderson's.

On Friday, June twenty-seventh,Captain Brown, with two twelve-pounder howitzers, was ordered to a position on the crest of a hill near Mr. James Garnett's house, to try the strength of the enemy near Golding's house. At ten o'clock these two pieces opened and drove the enemy from earth-works he was about throwing up, some five hundred yards in front. No sooner had Captain Brown opened than the enemy replied from several batteries of long-ranged guns. The two six-pounder guns of Captain Brown's battery, and the six-gun battery of Captain Lane, then temporarily under my command, were ordered to the front. This addition gave me nine guns (one of the howitzers of Captain Brown having been disabled by the wedging of a shell in the bore) replying to a much greater number of superior guns along the enemy's front. After testing fully the enemy's strength so far as his artillery was concerned, Lieutenant-Colonel Lee, chief of artillery, of General Magruder's corps, concluding that the contest was too unequal to be longer continued, ordered the batteries to retire.

In this action, Captain Brown lost Corporal Charles W. Lucas, killed; Sergeant G. W. Beard, wounded; privates G. T. Lindsay and Benjamin Lucas, wounded, and two horses so severely wounded that he was compelled to leave them on the field. Captain Lane's battery distinguished itself for the accuracy of its fire and the coolness and courage of the officers and men. This report was made to Lieutenant-Colonel Lee.

On the twenty-eighth, Captain Brown was ordered to take the same position occupied on the twenty-seventh. Captain Moody's battery was ordered to his support. Captain Brown was the first to fire, to whom the enemy did not reply. Soon after, however, when Captain Moody opened he was replied to by an enfilading battery, unmasked on the right during the previous night, and about two batteries in front. This engagement lasted about two hours, when the batteries were ordered to retire. Captain Brown was again unfortunate in the loss of his gallant Second Lieutenant Kearns, who fell, nobly doing his duty. Private J. W. Clarke was slightly wounded, and one horse was killed. Captain Moody's loss consisted of the wounding of Lieutenant Daniel P. Mervin, (right arm shattered,) and private Kennedy, wounded in both feet, and one horse killed and three badly wounded.

On Sunday, twenty-ninth, after passing the enemy's intrenchments about three quarters of a mile, Captain Hart's battery of six guns was placed in position to shell the woods in advance of the line of skirmishers of Colonel Anderson's brigade. The enemy opened a very brisk fire in reply, when I placed Captain Moody's battery in position to the left of the one occupied by Captain Hart, and opened fire upon the enemy through an opening in the woods where their battery was supposed to be in position. This skirmish was of very short duration. Captain Moody had one private wounded, and one horse killed and several wounded. Later in the afternoon of the same day, Captains Brown and Hart proceeded to a position near the railroad, where Captain Hart placed his two Blakely guns in position, and did handsome service until the enemy opened a plunging fire upon him from superior guns and superior positions, when he deemed it prudent to retire.

In the two engagements of this day Captain Hart lost, killed, private Henry F. Cohen; mortally wounded, Daniel M. Shepherd and Charles Schroter; severely wounded, Lieutenant J. Cleveland, private Porter, and seven horses killed or rendered unserviceable.

On Monday, the batteries moved with the division, and on Tuesday, none were engaged, if I except Captain Hart, who was able to fire but a few rounds. Captain Woolfolk was relieved from duty with General Toombs's brigade on Monday, July thirtieth, and was engaged only on Friday, twenty-seventh, where he behaved very handsomely, and his battery did excellent service.

In concluding this report, I cannot commend too highly the conduct of the officers and men who were under the terrible fire of the enemy's batteries at Garnett's farm and at the railroad; they showed that calmness and intrepidity characteristic of men who won for themselves the


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