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[650] barrack's enclosure, and ordered Lieutenant Lewis Randolph, of the battalion, on duty, as provost marshal. Directly after I was relieved from the brigade, Brigadier-General J. R. Jones, its commander, having reported for duty. My brief connection with the brigade prevents me doing justice, individually, to the officers and men, a few of whom I was acquainted with personally. Major Seddon, First Virginia battalion, distinguished himself by his gallantry. On Saturday, having been quite ill, I advised him to go to the rear, and he declining, I ordered him to do so. On his way back, he fell in with General Pender's brigade, and headed it with General Pender during the fight. Captain Henderson, who succeeded him in command of the battalion; Captain Witcher, of the Twenty-first; Captain Penn, of the Forty-second; Lieutenant V. Dabney, of the Forty-eighth, all behaved as became good soldiers and gallant gentlemen. Lieutenant Dunn, A. A. General, was conspicuous in the performance of duty on the march and in battle. Captain Goldsborough and Lieutenant Booth, my volunteer Aids, were both wounded, and Dr. R. J. Johnson, also volunteer Aid, had his horse twice shot on two different days. As I cannot name all who merit notice, not knowing their names, I can only say, that every officer and man in the brigade may well be proud of the manner in which each and every one Conducted himself in the second battle of Manassas. I cannot forbear giving but scant justice to a gallant soldier, now no more. It was my fortune during the two days of the battle, during which he commanded the division, to be thrown constantly in contact with Brigadier-General Starke. The buoyant dash with which he led his brigade into a most withering fire on Friday, though then in command of the division, the force he showed in the handling of this command, the coolness and judgment which distinguished him in action, made him, to me, a marked man, and I regretted his early death as a great loss to the army and the cause.

Your obedient servant,

Bradley T. Johnson, Colonel, commanding Second Virginia Brigade.


Report of Brigadier Trimble of battle of Hazel River.

Morse's Neck, army of Northern Virginia, January 30, 1863.
Lieutenant-General T. J. Jackson, commanding Second Army Corps on Rappahannock:
General: In compliance with your order of this date, I furnish a report of the operations of my (Seventh) brigade on the twenty-second August, 1862, in the battle of Hazel River. About ten o'clock A. M. that day, I was left with orders from General R. S. Ewell to station my brigade about a mile distant from the ford on Hazel River, near Wellford's Mill, where the army crossed. The object of my force was to protect the flank of our wagon train from the enemy, who had moved up the north side of the Rappahannock almost simultaneously with our forces. About twelve M., I received information that the enemy (Sigel's division) had thrown a force across the river to our side, and soon after learned that they had surprised our wagon train, and captured some ambulances and mules. I immediately sent the Twenty-first Georgia regiment, Captain Glover, to recover the property and drive off the enemy. In this he was successful, and besides captured some prisoners, from whom I received some important information, viz.: that the enemy had thrown one, if not two, brigades across the river, to annoy us on the march. As General Ewell's division was five or six miles in advance, and General Longstreet's division the same distance in the rear, I deemed it prudent to hold my brigade on the defensive, and endeavor to protect the trains. I accordingly disposed the three regiments (my only force) so as best to effect this object. The enemy made no further attempts to molest us. During the afternoon, by reconnoissance and verbal information, I ascertained the position of the forces thrown across the river, and decided to attack them as soon as the advance of General Longstreet (Hood's brigade) should reach my position to support me, if necessary. At four P. M., General Hood arrived, when I directed him, as the troops came up, to occupy my position, and hold them in readiness to support me should I send for aid. I at once advanced toward the enemy's position, skirmishers well in front, who soon met those of the enemy, and drove them back on their main force, which I noticed was placed in such a position as permitted them to be flanked on the right and left by a surprise. The Fifteenth Alabama, Major Louther, and Twenty-first Georgia, Captain Glover, were ordered on the enemy's flank, by a slight detour, unobserved, while the Twenty-first North Carolina, Lieutenant-Colonel Fulton, advanced under my immediate command in the centre. After a sharp conflict with the Twenty-first North Carolina, the enemy were driven back to the hills on the river, where they made another stand. At this point, supported by their artillery on the north side of the river, they made an effort, by blowing of trumpets, beating of drums, and cheers, to encourage their men to charge. The command was given, “Drive them at the point of the bayonet.” Our men boldly advanced, with enthusiastic cheers, and drove the opposing forces into the river and across it, in great disorder, to seek protection in General Sigel's camp and under his guns, which opened a furious discharge against us without serious injury. Our men pursued them closely, and slaughtered great numbers as they waded the river or climbed up the opposite bank. The water was literally covered with the dead and wounded. Over one hundred prisoners were captured, and among the dead was found one Colonel. Deeming it useless, in the absence of my artillery, to continue the contest longer, after half an hour's occupation of the battle-ground, I retired, unmolested, and encamped a mile and a half distant, leaving General Hood, who had taken no part in the contest, to look after the enemy. The battle lasted two hours, during which time we drove the


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