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[568] than the enemy, following, planted a Federal and a Maryland flag where ours stood a moment before, and opened fire upon us at very short range. We continued to fall back for about two hundred yards, when fresh troops coming up on our left, and the enemy beginning to give back on that flank, I immediately halted my men, and, re-forming them upon the colors. advanced directly back to our former position, driving the two stands of colors before us.

At this time the enemy brought up a fresh line through the cornfield, and for ten minutes the firing was heavy and both sides stood firm, when the enemy began to give way along the whole line, and our troops, dashing forward with a shout, crossed the branch, and cleared the field of their infantry. The enemy's cavalry attempted to retrieve the fortunes of the day by charging our advancing and disordered lines, and dashed down the wheat-field, on the left of the road, in gallant style. As their column was advancing on my left, with the main road between us, I advanced my men to the left and front, up to the fence along the road, at double-quick, and gave them a flank fire, which, together with the heavy fire from other regiments immediately in their front, was very destructive, and drove them from the field in confusion and disorder. After this charge, the enemy made no further stand, and we continued the pursuit, with the other troops, until it was discontinued, when I left them in charge of Lieutenant-Colonel Terrill, and reported to the General commanding brigade. It would be impossible for troops to behave better than mine did on this day. With a few exceptions, they fought bravely, obeying all the commands of their officers promptly and cheerfully, displaying, throughout the whole day, an amount of bravery and disciplined valor, which I don't believe has been excelled during the war. I herewith enclose a report of the casualties on that day.

I have the honor to be,

Your obedient servant,

J. A. Walker, Colonel Thirteenth Virginia Infantry.


Report of Lieutenant-Colonel R. L. Walker.

headquarters artillery battalion, March, 1863.
Major: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by the artillery of the light division in the battle of Cedar Run, August ninth, 1862:

At about three o'clock P. M., all my batteries being in park near the house of----, I received an order from Major-General A. P. Hill to carry forward all my long-range guns, which order I immediately obeyed, but was unable to get more than two of my batteries in position, as the road was so blocked up with wagons and ambulances as to prevent any more artillery from reaching the front. The two batteries placed in position were those of Captains Pegram and Fleet. I posted them in position on the field and near the centre, passing through the gate at which I found Captain Caskie's battery, which had converged the fire of the enemy to a point necessary to be passed by all of our troops. Captain Pegram's battery, and Captain Fleet's battery, the latter commanded by Lieutenant B. W. Hardy, were posted, as stated, about near the centre of the field, and within one huudred and fifty yards of the enemy's skirmishers, Lieutenant Hardy being in front.

These batteries were supported by the brigade of Brigadier-General Early, and held their position for at least half an hour, and after the infantry, with the exception of the Thirteenth Virginia regiment, had fallen back from them. So soon as I saw the light division make its appearance, I ordered the batteries to retire, the loss in both men and horses being considerable.

Reports of these losses have already been made to the proper officers.

I moved forward as soon as possible, with all the artillery at my command, and by General Hill's order, brought the batteries of Captains Pegram, Braxton, Latham, and a part of Captain Fleet's battery, to bear upon the point supposed to be occupied by the enemy's. At ten o'clock that night, after firing about eight rounds from each gun, Captain Pegram was sent forward with Colonel Stafford's brigade, and had, for an hour or more, a severe fight with the enemy, losing several men and horses, and inflicting considerable loss upon the enemy. Next morning at daylight, I was ordered by General Hill to select a position much to our left, and on the south side of the creek, which I did, placing two batteries of mine, viz., Captains Fleet's and Donelson's, and one of General Early's. This position commanded the enemy's camp somewhat to their rear. Captains Pegram and Hardy inflicted great loss on the enemy on Saturday evening, and their conduct, with that of the men under their command, cannot be too highly commended. The batteries of my command cannot be too highly commended. The batteries of my command were all retired on Sunday evening, Captain Braxton bringing up the rear and retiring by half battery.

I have the honor to remain, Major,

Your obedient servant,

R. L. Walker, Lieutenant-Colonel, commanding Artillery Division.


Report of Captain Poague.

camp near Gordonsville, Virginia August 14, 1862.
Captain J. H. Fulton, A. A. A. General, First Brigade, V. D.:
Captain: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by the battery under my command in the battle of the ninth instant, at Cedar Run:

About five o'clock P. M., by order of Major Andrews, two Parrott guns were taken to the front, along the road leading to Culpeper Court-House. These, along with Captain Carpenter's Parrott piece, were, by direction of Major Andrews, posted in the road so as to enfilade the enemy's batteries then engaging our batteries on


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