the report of Gen. R. E. Lee
as follows: ‘A strong attack upon General McLaws
was repulsed with spirit by Semmes
' brigade, and General Wright
, by direction of General Anderson
diverging to the left of the plank road, marched by way of the unfinished railroad from Fredericksburg
and turned the enemy's right.
His whole line thereupon rapidly retreated, vigorously pursued by our troops until they arrived within about one mile of Chancellorsville
In order to reach the position from which they made their gallant fight of Friday, May 1st, Wright
's Georgians had marched 27 miles in less than twenty-one hours, part of the time in darkness almost impenetrable, and mainly in a heavy rain and through deep mud. They fought their way along the railroad to the Catherine furnace, where Lieutenant-Colonel Carswell
, commanding the Forty-eighth Georgia, and Lieutenant-Colonel Wasden
: commanding Twenty-second Georgia, moved forward through the dense wilderness, and after a severe fight pushed back the enemy for nearly a mile.
Early the next morning, Saturday, May 2d, the brigade, having retired to the plank road, was again ordered to the furnace to support General Posey
, and necessarily left the Third Georgia to bear the brunt of a spirited attack by the enemy.
Nothing daunted, the Third not only held its ground against two brigades, but actually gained ground.
Early Sunday morning, as the brigade was pushing forward in the Federal
intrenchments, led by the Third regiment, Major Jones
, commanding the latter, received a wound which caused the loss of his right arm, at and Capt. H. Andrews
Going forward with great impetuosity, the brigade was the first to reach Chancellor
's, capturing first a battery and 300 prisoners and later an entire Connecticut
On Monday the brigade, having marched rapidly to the right, supported General Early
, made an intrepid charge across a wheat field under a hot fire of grape,