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Letter from General Hagood on recapture of a flag.

(Extract.)

headquarters Hagood's brigade, Petersburg, Va., 22d August, 1864.
Colonel Brent, Acting Adjutant-General:
Colonel,—I am directed in a communication from Department Headquarters, just received, to forward a list of the casualties in my command, sustained yesterday, and also to report all the circumstances attending the recapture of the flag of one of my regiments.

When the line had reached the enemy's works, some two hundred men having got into a re-entering angle where they were exposed to a severe cross-fire, became confused, and a mounted officer of the enemy galloping out of a sally port, seized the colors of the Twenty-seventh Regiment and called upon them to surrender. Several officers and men began to surrender, but had not been carried in; observing this, I made my way to them from the part of the line upon which I was, calling to the men to shoot him. They either did not hear me or were bewildered by the surrender of part of their number, and failed to do so. When I got up to him I demanded the colors from him, and that he should go back into his work, telling him he was free to do so. He commenced arguing with me upon our desperate position, and I cut him short, demanding a categorical reply. He said no, and I shot him from his horse. Giving the colors to my [424] orderly and mounting his horse, I succeeded in withdrawing the men with as little loss as could have been expected from the terrific fire to which we were exposed in retiring. Probably half the men unhurt were brought off from this point.

I beg leave specially to mention the good conduct of my Orderly, Private J. D. Stoney, of the Twenty-seventh Regiment, in this matter. He has always displayed gallantry, and would do credit to a commission.

Very respectfully,

(Signed)

Johnson Hagood, Brigadier-General.


Endorsements.

near Petersburg, Va., August 23d, 1864.
Respectfully forwarded through General R. E. Lee, to his Excellency, President Jefferson Davis, for his information.

Such an act of gallantry as herein described, and of devotion to one's flag, reflects the highest credit on the officer who performed it, and be should held up to the army as worthy of imitation under similar circumstances.

Brigadier-General Hagood is a brave and meritorious officer, who has distinguished himself already at Battery Wagner and Drewry's Bluff, and participated actively in the battles of Warebottom Church, Cold Harbor and Petersburg on the 16th and 17th June last. I respectfully recommend him for promotion at the earliest opportunity.

Attention is respectfully called also to General Hagood's recommendation of his Orderly, Private J. D. Stoney, for a commission. I feel assured he is well-deserving of it.

(Signed)


headquarters A. N. V., 24th August, 1864.
Respectfully forwarded.

(Signed)

R. E. Lee, General.

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Bureau of the Adjutant and Inspector General, Appointment Office, September 1st, 1864.
Respectfully submitted to the Secretary of War.

By order.

(Signed)

Ed. A. Palfrey, Lieut.-Col. and A. A. General.

Respectfully submitted as requested to the notice of the President.

(Signed)

J. A. Seddon, Secretary of War. 21st September, 1864.

There are two modes of recognizing distinguished service-one by promotion, the other by announcement in orders. See recommendation for the private and note for the brigadier, who I regard as worthy of promotion, when it can be consistently made.

(Signed)

Jeff. Davis. 7th November, 1864.

Adjutant-General. Note the President's endorsement, and if opportunity of promotion occurs, submit.

(Signed)

J. A. Seddon, Secretary of War. 9th November, 1864.

Official: H. L. Clay, Assistant Adjutant-General. Assistant and Inspector-General's Office, December 9th, 1864.

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Report of casualties in Hagood's brigade, South Carolina Volunteers, May 6th, 1864.

Twenty-first South Carolina Volunteers—Killed1
Wounded24
25
Twenth-fifth South Carolina Volunteers—Wounded5
Total30

Report of casualties in Hagood's brigade, May 7th, 1864.

Twenty-first South Carolina Volunteers—Killed7
Wounded78
85
Twenty-fifth South Carolina Volunteers—Killed9
Wounded34
Missing4
47
Twenty-seventh South Carolina Volunteers—Killed6
Wounded30
Missing9
45
Total177

Report of casualties in Hagood's brigade, South Carolina Volunteers, May 9th, 1864.

killed.wounded.missing.total.
Officers.Enlisted.Officers.Enlisted.Officers.Enlisted.Officers.Enlisted.Aggregate
7th Bat. S. C. V.111
11th Regiment S. C. V.11313821046165
21st Regiment S. C. V.51352323
25th Regiment S. C. V.29326754247
27th Regiment S. C. V.111
Grand Total3284782229128137

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Recapitulation.

Casualties of 6th30
Casualties of 7th177
Casualties of 9th137
Aggregate344

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