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[652] conduct and gallantry which they displayed throughout the whole affair. When, under the exhaustion of a long march, they were told that Manassas was to be captured that night, every man set out with cheerful alacrity to perform the service, and when ordered to charge the batteries, that act was done with a coolness and intrepidity seldom surpassed; especially as they could not know what numbers were opposed to them, and, in the night, from what direction the danger would come. The force of my two regiments was less than five hundred men; the number of the enemy captured was about three hundred; but their whole force could not be ascertained.

Our loss was, killed, none; wounded, fifteen men. The loss of the enemy unknown.

As I have had frequent occasion before to speak in high commendation of the gallantry of Lieutenant W. D. McKim, my Aid-de-camp, so, on this occasion, as the only member of my staff present, I take pleasure in acknowledging the value of his services, and his judgment and coolness in so trying an emergency.

I have the honor to be,

Very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

J. R. Trimble, Brigadier-General.


Report of Colonel Forno, of Hays's brigade.

headquarters Fifth Louisiana volunteers, camp near Port Royal, Va., January 2, 1863.
General: Hays's brigade, under my command, arrived at Bristoe Station, on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, at six o'clock P. M., August twenty-six, 1862, and was ordered to attack and destroy the railroad trains then approaching the station, they being supposed to contain troops. The duty was promptly performed, and the brigade laid on their arms until daylight on the twenty-seventh, at which time I made a reconnoissance to the front in force, when, finding the enemy embarking their troops, attacked them with artillery. After doing some damage, the enemy succeeded in getting their train off. I then returned, leaving the Sixth Louisiana regiment, Colonel Strong, on picket two miles in advance; the Eighth Louisiana regiment, Major Lewis, one mile nearer the main line, with orders to Colonel Strong, should the enemy advance, to skirmish to the rear with the Eighth, who were directed to destroy the railroad bridge and as much of the track as possible, and to retire, in good order, under cover of our artillery. This duty was performed to my entire satisfaction, these two regiments successfully repulsing two brigades of the enemy, until their ammunition was expended, when I ordered up the Fifth regiment, Major B. Menger commanding, to support them; when, after a few discharges from the latter regiment, the whole retired in good order, as if on parade.

One regiment, from General Lawton's brigade, with one piece of artillery, supported the left of my line, and did good service in repelling an attempt of the enemy to flank us. As soon as our artillery got into position, the brigade was ordered to fall back to Manassas.

Our loss in killed and wounded was small, that of the enemy heavy. Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Louisiana, and Lawton's brigade, nineteen killed and thirty-one wounded. Enemy's loss, eighty killed and two hundred wounded, many of whom were officers of rank — Colonels and other officers. The information as to the loss on both sides I obtained from Assistant Surgeon Strickler, of the Fifth Louisiana regiment, he being left in charge of our wounded. The Surgeon also informed me that, in consequence of the total destruction of the Long Bridge, the enemy were compelled to burn a large amount of stores, railroad cars, &c., &c. After twelve o'clock at night of the twenty-seventh, the brigade was put in motion, with orders to follow General Early; but, owing to the darkness, I was unable to find him. At daylight, on the morning of the twenty-eighth, I crossed Bull Run Bridge, and joined the division. Afterward was ordered to report to General Early, and, with his brigade, support General Taliaferro, but did not engage. On the morning of the twenty-ninth, still under command of General Early, occupied the right of our line until the arrival of General Longstreet, when we re-joined our division in the centre. At half past 3 P. M., twenty-ninth, was ordered to advance my brigade by General Jackson, and soon after engaged the enemy, and, after driving them with great slaughter, retained the ground previously occupied by them. At about six o'clock P. M. I was wounded and taken from the field, and turned over the command to Colonel Strong, Sixth Louisiana.

Our loss was twenty-four killed and forty-one wounded.

Very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

H. Forno, Colonel Fifth Louisiana Regiment.


Report of Brigadier-General Robertson of Second battle of Manassas.

in camp, near Garysburg, N. C., October 12, 1862.
Assistant Adjutant-General, Headquarters Cavalry Division, A. N. V.:
sir: In obedience to orders from your headquarters, early on the morning of the twentieth of August, 1862, I crossed the Rapidan River, at Tobacco Creek Ford, with a portion of my brigade, consisting of the Sixth, Seventh, and Twelfth regiments of Virginia cavalry. Encountering the enemy's pickets between Stevensburg, in the County of Culpeper, and Brandy Station, on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, in force, a spirited attack by Colonel W. E. Jones, commanding First Virginia cavalry, was immediately made, driving in their outpost to their reserve. Heavy skirmishing on both sides then ensued, which lasted several hours, during which some of our men were wounded, and a few of the enemy's horses killed. The enemy finally retired, and was


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