brigade in killed and wounded was heavy, in view of the number carried into action, and was as follows:
In this action Captains Lee and Harbin, of the Palmetto sharpshooters, were killed.
They were brave and promising officers.
Lieutenant-Colonel Livingston, of the First regiment; Captain Cantry, commanding Sixth regiment; Lieutenant McFadden, of the Sixth; and Lieutenant W. N. Majors and Lieutenant H. H. Thomson, of the Palmetto sharpshooters, were seriously wounded, I commend to your favorable notice Captain Squiers and Moody, who handled their guns with a skill, daring, and endurance seldom equalled and never surpassed.
The officers and men of the several regiments are worthy of the highest praise for their coolness and daring in battle, and their patient endurance of hunger and fatigue.
I regret, however, to be called again to refer to the conduct of a large portion of the officers and privates of the First regiment South Carolina volunteers, in this battle, in terms of censure.
The commanding officer reports that the regiment entered the fight with one hundred and six men, rank and file, lost forty men killed and wounded, and at the close of the day but fifteen enlisted men and one commissioned officer answered to their names.
Such officers are a disgrace to the service and unworthy to wear a sword, for I must believe that their desertion of their companies alone induced such conduct upon the part of their privates.
If such conduct is not checked by exemplary punishment, the efficiency of the regiment will be destroyed.
I am, General, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
|First regiment South Carolina volunteers,||4||36|
|Second regiment rifles, South Carolina volunteers,||4||17|
|Fifth regiment South Carolina volunteers,||6||27|
|Sixth regiment South Carolina volunteers,||4||47|
|Fourth battalion South Carolina volunteers,||0||0|
Report of Colonel G. T. Anderson, commanding brigade.
headquarters Anderson's brigade, D. R. Jones's division, September 30, 1862.sir: I have the honor to forward a report of the actions of my brigade in the affairs at Rappahannock, twenty-third August; Thoroughfare Gap, August twenty-eighth; Manassas, August thirtieth; Turner's Gap, Maryland, September fourteenth; and Sharpsburg, September seventeenth, 1862, with the list of casualties in each engagement. On the morning of August twenty-third, I was ordered to support Brigadier-General Evans, on the right of our line, our batteries at that time engaging the enemy, who had planted a battery on the hill, near the railroad bridge across the Rappahannock River. I moved my command forward promptly, and reported to General Evans. He first ordered me to advance one regiment, in conjunction with one of his, to storm the hill occupied by the enemy's battery. Before the order was executed, he ordered me to advance my whole brigade in line of battle to the west of a wooded slope, in front and to the right of this hill. On reaching this position, he ordered me to continue to advance, through the open field, toward the hill referred to. The enemy, in the mean time, had withdrawn their battery and crossed the river. On reaching the open field, I saw, in rear of this hill, about one hundred of the enemy, moving by their left flank, and supposed I would have the pleasure of an open field fight; but this small party was all of the enemy I saw on our side of the river, and, long before we were in range of them, they disappeared, and in a few moments the railroad bridge was blown up and set on fire. Continuing to advance across the open field for nearly half a mile under the fire of four batteries, I placed my brigade in line on the field, my left regiment (the Eighth Georgia, Lieutenant-Colonel Towers commanding) and the Holcombe legion, of Evans's brigade, occupying the hill where the battery of the enemy had been posted. We remained in this position, my right extending across the open field, for at least five hours, under heavy fire of shell, grape, and canister; the officers and men behaving in the most gallant manner. My own horse was killed near to the position the enemy had occupied on the hill. Continuing our march, we reached Thoroughfare Gap August twenty-eighth. My brigade was in front. I ordered Colonel Beck, with his regiment, (Ninth Georgia,) in advance, and to send forward two companies as skirmishers. Moving in this order, the brigade was halted, by order of General Longstreet, some half mile from the gap, and Colonel Beck ordered to proceed through the gap on a reconnoissance. Proceeding cautiously, he drove a mounted picket before him, killing three of them, and cleared the pass, moving some quarter of a mile beyond, and held his position until attacked and driven back by a whole brigade and a battery. The brigade was ordered forward, and, moving rapidly to the front, I found Colonel Beck falling back very slowly before the large force of the enemy, and caused him to form his regiment on the right of the railroad, and formed the other regiments on the left as fast as they came up, in the following order: The First Georgia regulars, Major Walker commanding; Eighth Georgia, Lieutenant-Colonel Towers; Seventh Georgia, Colonel Wilson; and Eleventh Georgia, Lieutenant-Colonel Luffman. Having thus formed my line and advanced my skirmishers to the front, I ordered the line to advance, which was done in the most gallant manner, the men climbing the rough mountain sides on their hands
Major A. Coward, A. A. General:
Major A. Coward, A. A. General: