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so well seconded by his brave Virginians; to Brigadier-General Wright and his high-spirited, fearless Georgians, whose attack at the furnace, on the evening of the first, and whose unflinching advance against the enemy's guns, under a heavy fire of grape, on the evening of the fourth, excited the admiration of all who saw them; andere advancing in heavy force from the direction of Chancellorsville. The following day artillery was heard at intervals in that vicinity, and on the next, the first instant, the brigade moved (under orders) up the plank road, and came soon within hearing of musketry. Arriving at the intersection of the plank road and the old turnions of this brigade during the late battles of the second and third of May, in the vicinity of Chancellorsville. Leaving Hamilton's Crossing at early dawn on the first, the brigade halted at seven o'clock P. M., on the plank road, about one mile east of Chancellorsville. The advanced troops of our corps had encountered the enem
of his lines. This order was repeated on the second; but by a misapprehension on the part of the on crosses the turnpike. The next morning, the second, my line of battle was re-formed along the hei the rear. About eleven o'clock, on the second instant, instructions were received from General Ln during the battle of Chancellorsville on the second and third instant, I have the honor to submit gade was not engaged during the evening of the second, and did not rejoin the division until next moisoners. Early on Saturday morning, the second instant, I was ordered to form my brigade on the letook the position on this day, (Saturday, the second,) and thus got possession of some of my woundes been on the march the entire night. The second instant, the brigade remained near Banks's Ford. lle. At an early hour on the morning of the second, Iverson's brigade was ordered to relieve Ramsworks beyond Chancellorsville. At sunset, second instant, we reached that part of the field which h
a line of breastworks. At daylight, on the third, Perry's brigade was directed to gain the Catht upon the enemy, in his intrenchments, on the third, and in their subsequent advance upon Chancell About light, on next morning, (Monday, the third,) I received information from General Barksdalttle of Chancellorsville on the second and third instant, I have the honor to submit the following them back in confusion. On the morning of the third, the enemy having disappeared from my front, Id my line of pickets on the morning of the third instant, I found that the enemy had reduced very m field at Salem Church on the night of the third instant, On the morning of the fourth the enemy we Chancellor's house, on the morning of the third instant. This regiment, supported by only a portion, facing eastward, (on Sunday afternoon, third instant,) holding, as he informed me, the key of hen fire just after the battle of that day, third instant,) but our rest was constantly interrupted [5 more...]
order, if possible, to drive him across the Rappahannock. Accordingly, on the fourth, General Anderson was directed to proceed, with his remaining three brigades, tce against the enemy's guns, under a heavy fire of grape, on the evening of the fourth, excited the admiration of all who saw them; and to Brigadier-General Perry andncellorsville, and remained in position in the road that night. On Monday, the fourth, we were ordered to move to the opposite side of the road, and connect my left lfth regiments and drove in the enemy's skirmishers. The next day, Monday, the fourth, my command was moved, with Generals Wright and Perry, towards Fredericksburg, ne thousand two hundred yards distant. Three additional brigades arrived on the fourth, and, late in the afternoon, a general advance was made against the enemy — Ear by our skirmishers becoming engaged with those of the enemy. On Monday, the fourth, I was ordered to remove the brigade to a position in rear of the one held by m
as long as there was light enough to continue the pursuit. At daylight on the fifth, reconnoitring parties discovered that he had disappeared from our side of the he road, and connect my left with the right of General Pender. On Tuesday, the fifth, the skirmishers were ordered to press forward and feel the enemy, and ascertaied near Banks's Ford during the balance of the night, and the next evening, the fifth, in a severe storm of wind and rain, advanced to within two miles of Chancellorble, amounting to six killed, and eighty-three wounded. On Thursday, the fifth instant, about two o'clock P. M., I received orders to move my command immediately with the enemy in this vicinity, commencing on the first and ending on the fifth instant: On the twenty-ninth ultimo orders were received to be ready to move at a mll into our hands the next day, and many were killed. The morning of the fifth instant the brigade moved in the direction of Chancellorsville, in common with the
eparations were made to assail the enemy's works at daylight on the sixth; but, on advancing our skirmishers, it was found that, under cover ngements were made for attack with this corps on the morning of the sixth, (Wednesday;) but before it was begun our skirmishers found the eney's, and Posey's on the plank road. At eight o'clock A. M., on the sixth, the division was moved forward to a position at the junction of thfound him in strong numbers and well intrenched. On Wednesday, the sixth, at daylight, skirmishers were again ordered to feel the enemy. Thank road and bivouacked for the night. Early in the morning of the sixth, by order of General Anderson, I detached two regiments, posted oneer, when we returned to our old encampment, on the night of the sixth instant; having been absent marching and fighting for eight days. Inng at our intrenched position, we marched off on Wednesday, the sixth instant, and returned to this camp on Thursday, seventh instant. It
zeal and efficiency. He was ready at all hours to go to any position, either to the skirmishers in front or along the line; his calm, courageous bearing won my admiration and esteem, and to his intelligence and ready perception of his duties my labors, which would have been arduous in being placed suddenly in command of the brigade, were lightened by his aid. After remaining at our intrenched position, we marched off on Wednesday, the sixth instant, and returned to this camp on Thursday, seventh instant. It remains now but to speak of our losses. They were heavy, (lists of which have already been forwarded to division headquarters, Brigadier-General Pender,) and among them I regret to announce the death of Colonel James M. Perrin, Orr's rifle regiment, who was mortally wounded while gallantly fighting his regiment at the breastworks, on Sunday, third May. Colonel Perrin was one of the captains of my old regiment, (First South Carolina volunteers,) and on duty with me in South
ms, ordnance, &c., which were sent on to Guiney Station and Hamilton's Crossing. Communication was opened with the enemy by flag of truce; and, in accordance with instructions from General Lee, they were allowed to move all their wounded, and also the bodies of several of their officers who had fallen in the battle. These duties being completed, the two brigades above mentioned returned to the neighborhood of Hamilton's Crossing, and I returned to the command of my own brigade on the twentieth instant. Where all did their duty so well and so completely, it becomes impossible to mention all those who exhibited great gallantry. That the troops of this division did perform their duty well and completely, is evidenced by the bloody roll of the killed and wounded. Two hundred and sixty-seven killed, and fifteen hundred and ninety-two wounded, making eighteen hundred and forty-nine casualties, not counting the very slightly wounded, in a division which went into action with little mo
ence several roads lead to the rear of our position at Fredericksburg. On the night of the twenty-ninth, General Anderson was directed to proceed towards Chancellorsville, and dispose Wright's brig3. Major W. H. Taylor, A. A. G., Army Northern Virginia: Major: About daylight, on the twenty-ninth ultimo, the enemy crossed at the mouth of Deep Run, and later near Pratt's house, below. On recn the recent engagement about Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg. On the evening of the twenty-ninth ultimo, being then in camp with Brigadier-General Mahone, near the United States Ford, we were acasualties sustained by this command. At fifteen minutes after ten o'clock A. M., on the twenty-ninth ultimo, I received orders to move with my command to or near Hamilton's Crossing, and in supporte enemy in this vicinity, commencing on the first and ending on the fifth instant: On the twenty-ninth ultimo orders were received to be ready to move at a moment's notice, it being known that the en
ry, under General Pendleton, were intrusted with the defence of our position at Fredericksburg, and at midnight, on the thirtieth, General McLaws marched with the rest of his command towards Chancellorsville. General Jackson followed at dawn next mom advancing to that road. The residue of the troops having, in the mean time, been brought up on the afternoon of the thirtieth, I received instructions from Lieutenant-General Jackson to remain behind with my division and one of McLaws's brigadese from Chancellorsville, on the Ely road. We remained in this position until about seven o'clock the next morning, the thirtieth, when we were directed by the Major-General commanding, who reached Chancellorsville about twelve o'clock A. M., to movof them. The brigades occupied their position at Chancellorsville, as indicated, until next morning, Thursday, the thirtieth instant, when, under the direction of the Major-General commanding the division, who had happily joined us during the night
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