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[556] my orders. The whole brigade was speedily re-formed, and, supported cordially by the First brigade, which promptly advanced on its left, again advanced and charged the enemy. The enemy soon broke and fled in great disorder. We pursued them until darkness interposed, and we were ordered to a position in advance of the battle-field, where we slept on our arms. In the pursuit, this brigade captured a number of prisoners, among them Brigadier-General Prince, who was brought in by private John Booker, company I, Twenty-third Virginia regiment. He brought him to me; but as General Taliaferro was near, who was of superior rank, I ordered him to be taken to him, and to him he promptly surrendered. Just at the time the enemy broke, their cavalry charged us, but were received by a galling fire from this brigade. They broke, and were fired upon also by the First and Second, and General Branch's brigade, which had come up on our left, and fled with great precipitation and loss.

I have to regret the loss of many brave and good officers and men. It will be hard to supply their places; but they fell on the field of honor, in defence of their homes, their people, their liberty, and all that makes life dear to man, and a grateful country and posterity will award them their meed of praise. Lieutenant-Colonel Curtis, commanding Twenty-third regiment Virginia volunteers, fell, mortally wounded, while gallantly leading his regiment into action. He came to the regiment in September, 1861, from Brooke County, Virginia, a private, and a refugee from the tyrants of the North-west, and, in the reorganization, he was called to the position he so gallantly filled — a fit testimonial by the officers to his gallantry and good conduct. He has fallen far from his home and friends, but will long be remembered by all associated with him in the cause of liberty. Colonel Williams, of the Thirty-seventh Virginia regiment, was slightly, and Colonel Sheffield, of the Forty-eighth Alabama regiment, was painfully wounded. Both these officers behaved with great gallantry. All the officers and men of this brigade behaved well, and I beg leave to thank them for their gallant and good conduct, manifested under the most trying circumstances. For the details of the killed and wounded, I beg leave to refer you to the reports of regimental commanders, herewith returned, and which sum up as follows:

 Killed.Wounded.
Tenth regiment Virginia volunteers,637
Twenty-third regiment Virginia volunteers,527
Thirty-seventh regiment Virginia volunteers,1364
Forty-seventh regiment Alabama volunteers,1285
Forty-eighth regiment Alabama volunteers,1558
 
Total,51271

All of which is most respectfully submitted.

Alexander G. Taliaferro, Colonel, commanding Third Brigade, A. V.


Report of Colonel Stafford.

headquarters Second Louisiana brigade, August 14, 1862.
To Major-General A. P. Hill:
I very respectfully submit the following report of the action and position of this brigade under my command, at the battle of Cedar Creek, on the ninth instant:

With my command, I reached, by double-quicking, the battle-field just in time to hear the last guns fired and to witness the stragglers of the retreat. Immediately after forming line of battle, the brigade was thrown forward as the advance guard, and for a quarter of a mile through a dense woods, heavy skirmishing was kept up between the skirmishers of the enemy and those of my own deployment. In an open field, after passing the skirt of woods, I found the enemy in large force, much superior to my own, and in line of battle. By orders of General Jackson, with my brigade, I formed a line of battle along a fence separating the field from the woods and at right angles with the main road by which I was advancing. I was severely shelled at various times during the night, while the firing of the skirmishers was periodical from a little while after dark until near eleven o'clock next morning. The entire brigade remained in line of battle until ordered back at or near ten o'clock A. M., tenth instant. The following companies were deployed as skirmishers, and behaved with that gallantry and coolness that entitle the officers and men to the highest praise, viz.: Company A, Captain Grigsby; company B, Captain Cumming, and company D, Captain Hodges, of the Ninth Louisiana regiment. The casualties of the brigade were twenty wounded and four killed. Deeply do I regret to state that the following named officers (and a few privates, who could not be detected) absented themselves without leave during that period of the engagement in which my command participated, viz.: First Lieutenant B. F. Jackson and Captain Singletary, of the Ninth Louisiana regiment. All of which is respectfully submitted.

L. A. Stafford, Colonel, commanding Second Louisiana Brigade.


Report of Colonel Crutchfield.

headquarters artillery, Second corps, March 14, 1863.
Lieutenant-Colonel C. J. Faulkner, Assistant Adjutant-General:
Colonel: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by the artillery of this army corps in the battle of Cedar Run, of August ninth, 1862:

The road on which we advanced debouched from a piece of woods upon the immediate battle-field, which was open and somewhat broken, a brook running across it and the prolongation of the road, and making a small angle with our general line of battle. The advance of our troops was the division of Brigadier-General C. S. Winder, and its artillery became first engaged. The enemy's


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