officers and men, with distinguished coolness, courage, and skill; withdrew them from that perilous condition; again led them, with equal skill and courage, in the final conflict with the enemy. He deserves the special consideration of the government. Colonel Cumming, with marked gallantry and skill, led his regiment throughout the day, and after the long and bloody conflict at the bridge, brought up one of its fragments to the last charge, and was among the foremost in it. Major Harris, of the Second, after the fall of Colonel Holmes, though suffering from a painful wound, stood firmly and gallantly by his command during the whole day. Colonel Benning being in command of the brigade, and Lieutenant-Colonel Hodges and Major Pickett both being absent from severe wounds received by them in former battles, Captain McGregor led the Seventeenth regiment with ability, courage, and skill. Major Little led his battalion of the Eleventh Georgia with a dashing courage and success which won the admiration of his comrades. The officers and men of his battalion deserve especial mention for their gallantry and good conduct. Captain Richardson and his officers and men, of the company of the Washington artillery attached to my own brigade, were conspicuous throughout the day for courage and good conduct. Captain Richardson clung to the infantry amid every danger, and being nobly seconded on every occasion by his officers and men, largely contributed to every success. During the whole connection of this battery with my command, its officers and men have so conducted themselves everywhere — on the march, in the camp, and on the battle-field — as to meet and receive my special approbation. The duties of my staff, from the nature and extent of the operations of my command, and its distance from the main body, were peculiarly arduous and dangerous; and I am much indebted to them for their extraordinary efforts on that occasion. Every difficulty was met by increased energy and exertion, and every increased danger with a higher courage and devotion to duty. During the combat on the river, they were all constantly engaged in arduous and dangerous duties. In the final conflict, Captain Troup was on the left of my line, Captain DuBose on my right; Cadet Lamar accompanied me personally, and Captain Hill, of the First Georgia regulars, (assigned to me for special duty,) and Lieutenant Grant, were actively executing my orders in carrying orders and bringing up troops. It happened to my Aid, Captain J. R. Troup, on three occasions during the day, while in the performance of his ordinary duties, to pass troops which had broken and left their positions, on all of which occasions he rallied them with great skill and energy, succeeded on one occasion in leading them back into position, and on another inspired them with his own courage and enthusiasm, and led them successfully in the charge on the enemy's columns. Captain Troup's conduct throughout the day was conspicuous for ability and courage, and is entitled to marked and special approbation. The conduct of one of my couriers, Mr. Thomas Paschal, of Cobb's legion, deserves special mention for his courage and fidelity to duty, under circumstances of peculiar difficulties and danger. I am, very respectfully, Your obedient servant,
Report of Brigadier-General Garnett of battle of Boonsboroa.
camp near Culpeper Court-house, November 6, 1862.Major: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by Pickett's brigade, of General D. R. Jones's division, which I commanded, in the battle of Boonsboroa: This command, consisting of the Eighth, Eighteenth, Nineteenth, Twenty-eighth, and Fifty-sixth regiments of Virginia volunteers, commanded respectively by Colonel Hunton, Major Cabell, Colonel Strange, Captain Wingfield, and Colonel Stuart, left the neighborhood of Hagerstown, Maryland, on the morning of the fourteenth September last, and reached Boonsboroa, on the Hagerstown and Frederick turnpike, in the afternoon, after a hot, dusty, and fatiguing march of some eighteen miles. A short distance beyond the village, Kemper's, Pickett's, and Jenkins's brigades, (the latter commanded by Colonel Walker,) in the order named, were moved in a southerly direction, on a road running perpendicular to the pike. Having proceeded over a mile, these troops were directed on another route, parallel to the turnpike leading toward a gap in the South Mountain, farther south than that through which the Hagerstown and Frederick road run. After marching nearly half a mile, Kemper filed to the left, and again moved in the direction of the pike. At this time I received an order, by Major Mayo, of General Jones's staff, to bring my troops to an about-face, and to return the way I came, until I reached a path which I must take. He was unable to give me any information respecting the path in question, but said he would go forward and try to obtain some. I did not, however, see him again. I followed Jenkins's brigade, which was now in front, some distance; but hearing musketry open on the mountain, I took what I supposed to be a near cut in the direction where I presumed I was wanted. This took me over rough and ploughed ground up the mountain side; I at length found an old and broken road, along which General Kemper must have moved. Here I met Captain Hugh Rose, of General Jones's staff, who had orders for me to return to the turnpike. When I got back to this road, my troops were almost exhausted; I consequently lost the services of a number of men by straggling. After a short rest I proceeded up the mountain, and having gained the summit on the main road, I was sent by a narrow lane, bearing to the left, to a higher position. A portion of this route was commanded by several pieces of the enemy's artillery, which opened upon my column, marching
Major A. Coward, A. A. G. to Brigadier-General D. R. Jones:
Major A. Coward, A. A. G. to Brigadier-General D. R. Jones: