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[455] us, leaving many valuable articles, guns, camp equipage, tents, corn, stores, and personal baggage of all sorts, and their hospital sick — taking the road, as we understood, to Centreville and Manassas Junction. At this point, having received information that Gen. McDowell had taken possession of Fairfax Court House, the 5th division encamped partly on the ground of the 5th Alabama, and the balance in the vicinity of the cross-roads.

I have to report to you that we had three men wounded--one in the leg, one in the side, and one through the hand;. we did not stop to examine the effect of shots which were made, but it is reported to me that as many as 15 or 20 were seen to fall in the woods. I have to report to you further the energetic manner in which Lieut.-Col. Young, of the 18th regiment, in charge of the advanced guard, performed his duty, and further, that not a single man of any regiment fell back for an instant, but, on the contrary, the most determined bravery was displayed by every man who came in contact with the enemy.1

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

Thomas A. Davies, Col. Commanding 2d Brigade, 5th Division, Troops of North-Eastern Virginia. F. H. Cowdrey, Acting Ass't Adj.-Gen.

1 See Document 98, ante.

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