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[751] after joining the advance, proceeded in the direction of Pleasant Hill. Lee's advance was accompanied by severe skirmishing.

On the seventh instant, General Lee drove the enemy through Pleasant Hill, and encamped on a stream about eight miles beyond, toward Mansfield: after an obstinate skirmish, Colonel Clarke, an Aid-de-camp of the commanding General, joined me on the sixth instant, and visited General Lee on the seventh.

General Ransom's command arrived at Pleasant Hill about two o'clock P. M. on the seventh, and General Emory's about five P. M. A heavy rain had fallen toward the rear of the column during the day, making the road so bad, that General Emory's train, after most strenuous exertions, could not be brought in until late on the morning of the eighth instant.

On the evening of the seventh instant, I was informed by Colonel Clarke, that General Lee was anxious to have a brigade of infantry sent out to his assistance. I declined to send the brigade, for reasons which I considered good. The commanding General arrived at my camp on the evening of the seventh instant.

At eleven o'clock P. M., I was directed to send a brigade of infantry to General Lee, to reach him by daylight. The brigade started at three A. M. from General Ransom's command. At half past 5 A. M. on the eighth, General Ransom marched with the remainder of his command to encamp where General Lee encamped the night before. General Emory was directed to go to the same place, when his men had had something to eat. General Ransom's command, with my consent, marched about two miles beyond the point indicated, and there went into camp. Just as they arrived there, about ten o'clock A. M., I received a note from General Lee asking for another brigade of infantry on account of the exhausted state of that with him. I despatched another immediately, and General Ransom went with it. About this time the commanding General arrived, and went to the front.

I staid near General Cameron's division, the remaining one of General Ransom's command, until quarter past three P. M., when I received an order from the commanding General to move to the front with all of my infantry.

General Cameron started immediately, and arrived on the field, five miles distant, at quarter past four P. M. I arrived at the same time, and immediately placed the division at such points as I thought were proper for holding the ground for which we were then contending.

The state of things upon my arrival was discouraging, and as the enemy far outnumbered the infantry force, in a short time the infantry broke, after a gallant fight, and went to the rear. The enemy had turned both flanks, and had advanced in front, so that when I left the field he was already in rear of the position occupied by our troops when I arrived. The road was badly obstructed by the train of the cavalry division, and we lost from General Ransom's command ten guns, which could not be hauled away.

Before the rout became general, I had ordered General Emory to form his division across the road in the first good position he could find. I found him in the act of forming his line, when I arrived, about two miles in rear of the field. Here he was most strenuously attacked by the enemy, who made vigorous charges against his front and flanks. He repelled them all with great loss to the rebels, and remained at nightfall master of the position.

During the night the whole force retreated to Pleasant Hill. General Emory's division formed the rear guard.

On the ninth instant, General Emory's division was posted on the right and front of the Pleasant Hill position, one brigade of General A. J. Smith's troops relieving one of General Emory's brigades on our rear, the Mansfield road, about ten A. M.

Nothing important was heard from the enemy until five P. M., when a furious attack was made on General Emory's left. This gave way after a hard fight, and the rebels at one time seemed to have possession of the whole plain. But their advance was successfully checked by a flank fire from two of General Smith's regiments posted in a wood on the left, and they in turn were driven from the plain, and for one and a half miles along the Mansfield road.

The remainder of General Emory's line fought handsomely during the whole action, and the enemy was driven back along the whole line with the loss of two guns.

During the night the army retreated toward this place, and arrived here on the eleventh instant. I transmitted yesterday a list of the casualties. The behavior of officers and men was excellent. I beg leave particularly to call the attention of the commanding General to the conduct of Generals Emory and Dwight, which was admirable in all respects.

I regret to report the loss of Colonel L. Benedict, One Hundred and Sixty-second New York volunteers, killed while leading his brigade, and of Captain Chapman, of my staff, who had both feet taken off by a round shot. Brigadier-General Ransom was severely wounded while commanding his troops in the first action.

I shall take a future occasion to make a more detailed report, and mention the names of officers and men who distinguished themselves.

I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. B. Franklin, Major-General, commanding. Official copy. Wickham Hoffman, A. A. G.


A rebel narrative.1

Shreveport, La., June 27, 1864.
My dear Uncle:
I stated in my letter written to you about two weeks since, that I would enclose some orders, and an address from General Taylor to his troops. I neglected to do so at that time, but


1 copy of a captured letter, placed in the hands of the Editor of the rebellion record by Major-General Banks.

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