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includes the report of operations before Richmond, submitted at the last session, but procured from the congressional files, that the consecutive narrative might be formed in accordance with General Lee's written request. I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant, James A. Seddon, Secretary of War. General Lee's Report. headquarters army of Northern Virginia, March 6, 1863. General S. Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General, Richmond, Va.: sir: After the battle of Seven Pines, the Federal army, under General McClellan, preparatory to an advance upon Richmond, proceeded to fortify its position on the Chickahominy, and to perfect the communications, with its base of supplies near the head of York River. Its left was established south of the Chickahominy, between White Oak Swamp and New Bridge, defended by a line of strong works, access to which, except by a few narrow roads, was obstructed by felling the dense forests in front. These roads were commanded for a
e of battle, left on railroad, and right at Seven Pines. I had commenced moving the troops into pole. As I was treated in the same manner at Seven Pines, I can only hope this course was accidental feeble from the unhealed wound received at Seven Pines. The brigade of Brigadier-General Ripley wstie from the effect of his injuries at the Seven Pines. I desire to notice the conduct of Lieutenby this brigade subsequent to the battle of Seven Pines, Sunday, June first, to that of Malvern Hilinia regiment was engaged: Company A. At Seven Pines, Corporals Noell and Wright, and private H.he rear. L. C. Blackburn, distinguished at Seven Pines for coolness and daring. Company F. No rl. Company G. Corporal John B. Scott, at Seven Pines. Company H. In the skirmish of the eightK. Private John A. Bullifant, (wounded,) at Seven Pines; private Haws Coleman, in the skirmish of t the first instant, we were ordered back to Seven Pines to refit, where we remained until Thursday,[6 more...]
illery road to the rear would have been gained on our left, and the line of retreat cut off. Colonel Gordon, the Christian hero, excelled his former deeds at Seven Pines, and in the battles around Richmond. Our language is not capable of expressing a higher compliment. General Rodes says the men and officers generally behavefatigue, the officers and men fought most heroically in the two battles in Maryland. The division lost three thousand out of less than nine thousand engaged at Seven Pines. Four thousand out of ten thousand in the battles around Richmond. But now, the loss was thirty-two hundred and forty-one (3241) in two battles out of less tha Sharpsburg, before he would quit the field. The heroic Colonel Fry, Thirteenth Alabama, and Colonel O'Neal, Twenty-sixth Alabama, who had both been wounded at Seven Pines, were once more wounded severely at Sharpsburg, while nobly doing their duty. Lieutenant-Colonel Pickens, Twelfth Alabama, and Major Redden, Twenty-sixth Alaba