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[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,


Johnson Hagood, Brigadier-General.


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.


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


R. E. Lee, General.

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