the Fifth and support the battery, and hold his position at all hazards. Colonel McIntosh informed me that the enemy was pressing our right on the west. I sent two pieces of artillery from Reid's battery and seven companies of the Fifth to their assistance, and went myself and took the Third, Colonel Gratiot commanding, and led it into action. Here was the fiercest and most terrific part of the battle. Here our volunteers met and repulsed the regular troops of the Federal army. Colonel McIntosh arrived with the artillery and seven companies of the Fifth, and entered into the fight with all the vigor and determination of veterans. I deem it lost time for me to attempt to sound the praises of the brave and chivalrous McIntosh. Always in the midst of the fight, cheering and leading his men forward to victory, his name and conduct were a host in our behalf. In this part of the engagement many of the gallant Thirds fell. We mourn the loss of the gallant Captain Bell, the chivalrous and gentlemanly Captain Brown, the noble and brave Lieutenant Walton. Among our wounded are Lieutenant-Colonel Neal of the Fifth infantry, and Major Ward of the Third. Captain Woodruff's battery was engaged early in the action against Totten's Federal battery, and drove it back, and afterward, when the enemy were retreating, did efficient service by playing on them in their retreat. We are pained here to have to record the death of Lieutenant Weaver, of this battery, who acted gallantly and received the death-wound by a cannon-ball while sighting his gun. Colonel Carroll's cavalry was engaged in a part of the field away from my view, and I. . . am informed that the officers and men of his regiment did efficient service in charging the battery of the enemy. The Fourth infantry, Colonel Walker, was placed in a trying position, especially for new troops, grapeshot, shell and minie balls flying around them and no chance of returning the fire. Much praise is due Colonel Rector for the coolness displayed in remaining in position, as well as to the officers of the regiment for their efforts to the same effect, for at this part of the field was supposed would be the main fight, and on my return to this part of the field, finding the artillery withdrawn from the height, I ordered General Parsons' battery to take position formerly occupied by Captain Reid's battery, and an advance movement
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