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Wounded: Adjutant John F. Green, severely, in the shoulder; Lieutenant M. Gudger, (company D,) in the hand; Lieutenant H. L. Parrish, (company E,) in the side; six men killed dead on the field and fifty wounded, most of whom very severely. Missing, sixteen, some of whom have not been heard from. Total. Killed, 6; wounded, 57 ; missing, 16--79.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

William Luffman, Lieutenant-Colonel, commanding Eleventh Regiment Georgia Volunteers.


Report of Fourth Virginia regiment.

headquarters Fourth regiment Virginia volunteers, camp near Richmond Va., July 11, 1862.
Captain O'Brien, A. A. G.:
The different roads over which the regiment travelled, in going to the battle-field on the twenty-seventh June, and every day thereafter, inclusive of the battle of the first July, prevented me from giving, by proper directions, the different positions of, and routes taken by, the regiment in its march to the several engagements. I beg leave, however, to submit the following report of the part taken by the regiment in the actions of the twenty-seventh June and first July:

About four o'clock P. M., the regiment, with the brigade, marched at very quick time, on the road, until it came to about two miles of where the battle of Gaines's Mill, or Cold Harbor, was raging. Here the men threw off their blankets and marched at double-quick, when a halt was ordered by General Winder, near a house, which, I believe, is called Cold Harbor Tavern. At this point the General put the brigade in line of battle, and said to them, “Prepare for a charge.” The line being formed, the right of the fourth resting on the left of the twenty-seventh, we remained here for a short time, exposed to the fire of the enemy's guns, whose shell did not prove destructive, though within range. About half past 6 o'clock P. M., the brigade moved forward in line of battle, passing through swamps and woods, for about a quarter of a mile, where an open field was reached but from some cause or other, the Second and Fifth became detached on the left, and Twenty-seventh and Thirty-third on the right. I marched forward until I came up to General Lawton's brigade, which was seemingly at a rest.

At this moment you directed me to change my front, and form on the Hampton legion, which I did. This brought me directly in front of the enemy's battery, (which the brigade had been ordered to take.) By this time the Twenty-seventh resumed its position on my right. And now the brigade, with all the regiments, continued to charge the enemy's battery. It was getting late — twilight, perhaps — when the brigade, reunited, moved forward; but upon arriving at about----yards of the battery, it retired.

After being satisfied that the enemy had abandoned his position, the General about-faced the brigade, marched about one hundred yards, and rested for the night. I threw out a picket in front of my regiment for the night.

It was in this charge that Dr. Joseph Crockett, Assistant Surgeon, and private James Perfater (company L,) were mortally wounded; privates James R. Richardson (company B,) James Bedell (company A,) were wounded.

I beg to say that in the charge the regiment did most handsomely, preserving the alignment while charging; and the men seemed to vie with each other in the effort to get the battery.

The casualties were as follows:

Dr. Joseph Crockett, Assistant Surgeon, mortally wounded.

Company A. Private James A. Bevell,wounded.

Company B. Private James R. Richardson, wounded.

Company L. Private James Perfater, mortally wounded.

I must be pardoned for saying that the men and officers of my regiment were very much pleased at the handsome and splendid style in which the brigade was led into action by the General commanding.

On Saturday morning, the twenty-seventh, I threw out some men to relieve the pickets I had put out the night before; they brought in several prisoners. It was some three or four of these fresh men who arrested Brigadier-General Reynolds, and Captain----, his Assistant Adjutant-General. The regiment remained here until Sunday morning, when it, with the brigade, marched to the bridge across the Chickahominy, where it remained inactive until nearly night, and then returned to the ground occupied in the morning.

On Monday, the thirtieth, the regiment took up the line of march, and proceeded to a point at or near White Oak Swamp, where it remained for the night.

On Tuesday, first July, marched down----road; halted near a church. While here the enemy, who occupied a strong position on Malvern Hill, opened fire upon the advance of our army, whereupon an artillery duel ensued between ours and the enemy's battery. The brigade was here to seek cover in the woods, where it remained until quite late in the evening. My regiment did not suffer from the shells thrown by the enemy, though some casualties occurred in the brigade. Late in the evening, the infantry became engaged, and my regiment, with the brigade, marched to the scene of action. I received no orders, but followed the Twenty-seventh regiment, which was my position on the march. The Twenty-seventh double-quicked through the woods; I followed, passing .out of the woods into an open field. We were exposed to a tremendous and furious fire from the enemy's battery. I continued to move the regiment at double-quick, in order to secure the woods some two hundred yards in advance, where I intended to close this regiment up, as, coming so rapidly through the first woods, the files became widely separated; but all entered the field, and were striving to


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