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and the concurrent testimony of thousands who witnessed the engagement, places his own conduct above all praise. With much respect, your obedient servant, S. R. Mallory, Secretary of the Navy. Report of flag-officer Buchanan. naval hospital, Norfolk, March 27, 1862. sir: Having been confined to my bed in this builCommanding Parker expresses his warmest thanks to his officers and men for their coolness. Acting Midshipman Foreman, who accompanied him as volunteer aid, Midshipman Mallory and Newton, captain's clerk, Bain, and Mr. Gray, pilot, are all specially mentioned by him. On the twenty-first instant, I forwarded to the department corelieved by the gallant Flag-Officer Tatnall. I much regret that I am not now in a condition to resume my command, but trust that I shall soon be restored to health, when I shall be ready for any duty that may be assigned to me. Very respectfully, Franklin Buchanan, Flag-Officer. Hon. S. R. Mallory, Secretary of the Navy.
thrown forward. Field pressed forward with such ardor that he passed far in front of my whole line. The Sixtieth Virginia, Colonel Starke, and Fifty-fifth, Colonel Mallory, charged and captured two batteries of Napoleon guns, and the Sixtieth crossed bayonets with the enemy, who obstinately contested the possession of these guns their active and untiring exertions in bringing off the wounded. Especial mention for conspicuous gallantry is made of the following officers : Colonels Starke, Mallory, McGowan, Thomas, Riddick, Barnes, Hamilton, Hoke, J. H. Lane, Cowan; Lieutenant-Colonels Folsom, Gray, McElroy, Simpson, H. H. Walker; Majors C. C. Cole, Vandegrithdrawn before he could profit by the circumstance. Lieutenant-Colonel Christian was wounded, and Major Burke was killed, both of the Fifty-fifth Virginia. Colonels Mallory and Starke behaved very handsomely here. The charge was impetuously made, and was an instance where bayonets were really crossed, several of the enemy being
formed its share in the destruction of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and about the first November, took position at Castleman's Ferry, near Snicker's Gap. November fifth, Archer's and Thomas's brigades being on picket at the ferry with Pegram's and Latham's batteries, the enemy made an attempt to cross the river, but were handsomely repulsed by the Nineteenth Georgia, and the batteries, with a loss of two hundred men. During this campaign, the especial good conduct of Colonels Brewer, Mallory, Folsom, and Major C. C. Cole, deserves mention. Captain Wright, of Georgia, commanding my escort, was invaluable to me, and proved himself a cool, clearheaded fighter. My thanks are due my staff for their hearty cooperation and intelligent transmission of my orders under a fire frequently uncomfortably hot; Major R. C. Morgan, Assistant Adjutant-General; Major Wingate, Captain R. H. Adams, Signal Officers; Lieutenant Murray Taylor, Aidde-camp, and Lieutenant Camfield, of my escort.