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[304] Colston's division. It is worthy of remark that the enemy abandoned such a large number of knapsacks in retreating to his works, that when this division began its homeward march in the rain it was thoroughly equipped with oil-cloths and shelter-tents of the best quality.

The division sustained a heavy loss in killed and wounded, especially on the second day. The conduct of its men and officers was such as to win the highest encomiums from General Jackson, and such as had been rarely equalled. Its laurels were dearly bought, however, as will be seen by the tabular statement of killed and wounded herewith filed, marked “A.” I do not think the enemy's loss was as great as ours, as he fought us generally from behind his barricades and earthworks; still it was heavy.

As an act of justice to them, and for future reference, the names of all the officers who participated in the engagement are presented in the appendices to the reports of brigade commanders. The general, field, and staff officers who were present are herewith presented in appendix “B.”

It is impossible for me, within reasonable limits, to mention all the officers and men who were distinguished for gallant and meritorious conduct at this battle. It is, however, my duty to call attention to the great gallantry and efficiency in this action of Brigadier-Generals Doles and Ramseur, Colonel Edward Willis, Twelfth Georgia; Colonel Cooke, Fourth Georgia, severely wounded; Colonel Hall, Fifth Alabama; Colonel Christie, Twenty-third North Carolina; Colonel Pickens, Twelfth Alabama; Lieutenant-Colonel J. N. Lea, Fifth North Carolina; Lieutenant-Colonel Hobson, Fifth Alabama, severely wounded; Colonel Garrett, of the Fifth North Carolina, (who had behaved most gallantly on the first day, and was unfortunately wounded by one of our own men after the close of that day's fight; Colonel Parker, Thirtieth North Carolina; Colonel R. T. Bennett, Fourteenth North Carolina; Captain H. A. Whiting, A. A. G., of Rodes's brigade; Captain Green Peyton, of my staff, and Captain M. L. Randolph, signal corps. The last named officer was remarkable among all these brave and accomplished officers for his daring coolness and efficiency.

Colonel O'Neal, commanding Rodes's brigade, deserves special notice for his gallantry.

It is proper to mention that Colonel W. R. Cox, of the Second North Carolina, was wounded repeatedly before he left the field. All of the other officers did their duty nobly, but those I have mentioned came under my own notice, or were so spoken of by competent persons, as to make it my duty to mention them in this manner.

My staff officers, Captain Green Peyton, and Captain M. L. Randolph, have been mentioned for their meritorious conduct. Their duties were more than usually arduous during the action, and were nobly discharged.

Mr. Ed. O'Neal, volunteer aid, a youth under eighteen, behaved most gallantly, and I am under great obligations to him.

Four of my couriers, C. S. Ellis, company “B,” Fourth Georgia; Gilliam James, company “D,” Fifth Alabama;--------, and----------of Stuart's cavalry, (Fitz Lee's brigade,) were of great service to me during the battle, and exhibited great courage and intelligence. Both of the former deserve promotion for their conduct.

Enclosed will be found reports of brigade and regimental commanders.


R. E. Rodes, Brigadier-General, commanding Division.

appendix A.

Strength and Casualties of the Brigades of D. H. Hill's Division, commanded by Brigadier-General Rodes, in Battle of Chancellorsville.

Doles's,133148946231312 28437
Colquitt's,11301600 9812028284449

R. E. Rodes, Brigadier-General, commanding Division.

1 This estimate of the strength of this brigade is not accurate, as the brigade was transferred to North Carolina soon after the battle, and left no data from which we can get the exact estimate.

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