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[566] our support. I fell immediately in rear of this brigade. I attempted to rally my regiment. In this I only partially succeeded. I then proceeded to the main road, leading to the battle-field. Arriving here just as General Jackson was passing, the detached parts of companies which I had with me gave a cheer, and, at the personal order of General Jackson, followed him again to the battle-field. After this, the regiment did not appear as a regiment, but acted in detachments; some connecting themselves with other regiments, others going in with squads from different regiments, and some detailed, or ordered back in charge of prisoners which they had assisted in capturing. While every member of the regiment who went into the fight, both officers and men, acted nobly and gallantly, still the conspicuous conduct of some of the officers and men, after the regiment became broken, and was acting in independent squads, deserves to be particularly noticed. Captain P. F. Frazier, of company E, individually took a Yankee Captain, a Sergeant, and two privates, while they were retreating from our forces, and delivered them in person (and without any other guard than himself) to General Jackson. Lieutenant A. W. Edgar, of company E, Color-Sergeant W. H. Powell, Sergeant C. S. Davis, Dr. J. B. Patton, and Surgeon Stewarts, only two of the party having fire-arms, one having the colors, and the Lieutenant his sword, at the instance of Lieutenant-Colonel Gardner, went beyond our lines after the fight, and captured a Yankee picket of one Sergeant and twelve privates, all of whom were armed when they were captured. They brought them to the Fourth Virginia volunteers, and delivered them to the guard. My regiment went into the battle with less than one hundred and thirty men, rank and file.

recapitulation of loss of regiment.

Company E. Acting Orderly Sergeant John E. Church, killed.

Company C. Orderly Sergeant William P. Icenhoner, killed.

Company D. Private Ben Wilson, killed; private Patrick Cavanaugh, wounded slightly.

Three killed, and one wounded.

Very respectfully,

C. L. Haynes, Captain, commanding Twenty-seventh Virginia Regiment.


Report of Lieutenant-Colonel Lee.

headquarters Thirty-Third regiment Virginia infantry, camp Garnett, August 13, 1862.
Captain J. H. Fuller, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:
Captain: In obedience to orders, just received, I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by me in the action of August ninth, at Cedar Run: On the morning of that day, at sunrise, the brigade left the bivouac about a mile from the bank of the Rapidan River, and marched, with many interruptions, some six or seven miles on the road to Culpeper Court-House. About midday, we were halted in a wood on the left of the road, while a light cannon ide was going on some distance in front. After remaining quiet about an hour and a half, we were again moved forward, perhaps a mile or two, and halted in another wood, from which we moved about four P. M., in the direction of the enemy, keeping the woods, by order, to avoid raising the dust. The cannonade had become quite brisk, and when the ground in which we subsequently fought was reached, the brigade was halted, ordered to load, and form in line of battle, my regiment being next to the Twenty-seventh Virginia, which occupied the right. In this order we were moved forward a short distance, and then formed in columns of regiments, right in front, still marching. In a short time, this column was deployed upon the leading regiment, and a halt ordered at a fence directly in front of us, which, by order of the Colonel commanding, was levelled. Here we lay for some twenty minutes, under a very sharp fire of shell and spherical case, which fortunately occasioned me no casualties. At the end of this time, the brigade was again moved forward, in line of battle, over a stubble field, flanked on either side by woods; the left wing of my regiment was in the field, the right in the woods, and the Twenty-seventh entirely in the woods on my right. After having advanced about a hundred and twenty-five yards, the command was given to charge, when the whole line moved at a double-quick, the Colonel commanding leading in person. Almost simultaneously with this movement, a few shots from our left drew the fire from the line of the enemy, who were well posted in a woods about two hundred and fifty yards off, and who, being able to see only a part of our force on account of a slight hill over which the Fifth, Thirty-third, and Twenty-seventh had to pass, had also commenced to advance. Here, for the first time, I discovered the Federals in sight, and giving the command to my men, they poured a steady fire from the left wing into the enemy's ranks. My horse becoming unmanageable, I dismounted, and, in common with other regimental commanders, urged the men forward. Our line steadily advanced, slowly driving our opponents, until I reached the corner of the woods on my right, where the right of my regiment and the whole of the Twenty-seventh came into view of the enemy. The firing was now general, but in front of me the enemy for some time were quite steady, and commenced to flank my right, getting upon that flank in the woods, within forty steps of company A. I sent the Adjutant to see if the Twenty-seventh was aware of this movement, and to urge their active assistance. He reported that the Twenty-seventh was not there, and I then directed the fire of the three right companies, A, F, and D, against the flankers, whose shots already enfiladed us. In a few moments the ground was dotted with their blue uniforms, and the rest retreated more rapidly than they advanced. I now observed the fine effect of the fire in front, and pushed the men forward; I had previously informed Colonel Ronald of the attempted flank


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