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[100] near Salem Church (three and a half miles from Fredericksburg) on the Plank Road, and there remained until January, 1863, when the brigade was ordered to protect the fords on the Rappahannock and Rapidan rivers, near Chancellorsville.

April 28th, the enemy advanced and crossed the upper ford on the Rappahannock, and we were ordered to fall back, and were placed in line of battle at Zoah Church on the Plank Road. At the battle of Zoah Church, near Chancellorsville, April 30, 1863, the strength of company was 58; present, 47; absent, sick, 4; absent on leave, I; absent on detail, 6.

We advanced, and on May 1, 1863, were placed in line of battle at McCarthy's farm. Strength of company, 58; present, 46; absent on leave, 1; absent, sick, 4; absent on detail, 7; conspicuous for gallantry, 5. Advanced, and on May 2d and 3d were engaged in the battle of Chancellorsville. Strength of company, 58; present, 45; absent, sick, 5; absent on detail, 7; absent on leave, 1.

After the retreat of Hooker's forces, May 3, 1863, at Chancellorsville, we returned toward Fredericksburg, and encountered Sedgewick's Corps near Salem Church. Our regiment acted as the skirmish line for our brigade, our company being held in reserve. In the meantime our brigade was moved to the left of the line, and Sims' Georgia Brigade placed in the position of Mahone's men. The enemy advancing, we were ordered to fall back to our line. Sims' men not being apprised that we were on the skirmish line, opened fire on us, and we were thus between two lines of battle. Strength of company at Salem Church, 58; present, 45; absent, sick, 6; absent on detail, 7; wounded, 2; conspicuous for gallantry, 2. Lieutenant C. W. Murdaugh was seriously wounded, and too much cannot be said of his gallantry on this occasion in encouraging the men and urging them to perform their duty. Lieutenant Murdaugh was ever after unfit for duty. (See Order 283, Adjutant and Inspector-General's office.) Sergeant Charles Evans, a gallant soldier, was also wounded. We can never forget the kind treatment we received at the hands of the ladies of Martinsburg.

Battle of Gettysburg July 3, 1863. Strength of company, 57; present, 42; absent on detail, 6; absent, sick, 8; absent, wounded, i.

In the memorable charge at Gettysburg, July 4, 1863. Strength of company, 55; present, 40; absent, sick, 8; absent, wounded, 1; absent on detail, 6; wounded, 3; killed, 1; captured, 2; deserted, 5; conspicuous for gallantry, 6.

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