at the Wilderness
, May 5th and 6th, to have been 37,737--and if to this prisoners be added they would exceed 40,000--and from the 8th to the 18th, at Spotsylvania Courthouse, 26,441, or an aggregate of 64,178.
There were several collisions at Spotsylvania
after the 18th; the affair at Jericho ford on North Anna
on the 23d; heavy cavalry fight at Hawes
' shop on the 28th; a sharp infantry skirmish on the Totopotomy
on the 29th; a heavy infantry fight not far from Shady Grove church on the 30th; and one, more destructive, near Bethesda church, June 2d.
If to these various losses be added the heavy losses of June 3d at Cold Harbor, the, entire loss will not fall much, if at all, under one hundred thousand men.
Page 139. Recapitulating various successes in the vicinity of Petersburg
: “The very successful attack on Hancock
at Reams' station by Heth
's division and a portion of Wilcox
's on the 25th of August, under the direction of General A. P. Hill
The force engaged was McGowan
's and Scales
' brigades of my division,. and Anderson
's brigade of Field
's division, attached to my command, two batteries of Pegram
's battalion of artillery, and the brigades of Generals Cooke
These were the only infantry engaged.
The cavalry under Hampton
were present, and did good service, capturing many of the prisoners.
My report of this battle was published over two years ago by the Southern Historical Society.
On page 164 is a return of the army then commanded by General Johnston
, endorsed “Army near Richmond
, Department of Northern Virginia, May 21, 1862.”
This return is supposed to give the strength of the army as at that time.
It was given by divisions.
There were four divisions.
Two of these, Longstreet
's and Magruder
's, had each six brigades; the other two, G. W. Smith
's and A. P. Hill
's, had, according to this return, each five brigades.
My brigade was of Longstreet
's division, and numbered by this return 2,616.
's brigade was the weakest, and it had 1,750; the next weakest was R. H. Anderson
My brigade at the time was composed of four regiments: all had volunteered for the war. Up to about the 25th of March, 1862, it had been composed of five regiments, with a four-gun battery attached.
A few days after the army had reached the Rapidan
, in March, 1862, the brigade was ordered to Goldsboroa, North Carolina
The Thirty-eighth Virginia, belonging to it, a twelve months regiment, was at the time being reorganized, remained behind and never rejoined.