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reserve a few hundred yards in rear of the line of works. The enemy advanced several times in heavy force on my position during the clay, but was always repulsed. His artillery shelled our lines at intervals, and was replied to by a section of Brooks battery under Lieutenant Heavy skirmishing continued until nearly 8 oclock at night, at which time the infantry and artillery were withdrawn and the works occupied by a skirmish line of General Wheelers cavalry (dismounted). Before we withdrew the enemy along my front intrenched themselves. The officers and men of my command, though unaccustomed to field fighting, behaved as well as troops could have done. The discipline of garrison service, regular organization, and the daily exposure for eight- een months to the enemys fire told in the coolness and determination with which they received the. fire of the enemy. I would especially mention Brig. Gen. Stephen Elliott and Colonel Butler, commanding brigades; Colonel Brown, Major Warley, and Captain Huinbert, Second South Carolina Artillery; Majors McMnllan and Bertody, Twenty-second Georgia Battalion; Captain Mathewes and Lieutenant Boag, Manigualts battalion; Captain McGregor, Bonauds battalion, of Elliotts brigade; Lieutenant-Colonel Yates, Major Bland- ing (severely wounded), and Captain King, First South Carolina Artil- lery; Captain Huguenin, First South Carolina Jnfantry; and Major Lucas, Lucas battalion of IFthetts brigade, Captain Le Gardeur, of Le Gardeurs Light Artillery. To my personal staff is due my testimony to their gallantry. My adjutant-general, Captain Page, and my inspector-general, Cap- tain Read, were both wounded discharging their duties. Captain Mathewes, engineer officer; Lieutenant Kemp, aide-de-camp, and Lieutenant Harrison, signal officer, discharged their duties with zeal and gallantry. I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant, W. B. TALIAFERRO, Brigadier. General, Commanding. Lient. Col. T. B. Roy, Assistant Adjutant- General. No. 291. Reports of Maj. G~u. Daniel H. Hill, C. S. Army, of operations March 7-21. HEADQUARTERS LEES CORPS, March 29, 1865. COLONEL: On the 7th instant, whilst at Smithfield Station, N. C., and temporarily in command of Lees corps, I received an order from General Johnston to co-operate with General Bragg in an attack upon the Yankees near Kinston. My division, under Col. J. G. Coltart, Fiftieth Alabama, and Pettus brigade, of Stevensons division, were at once placed upon the cars and encamped that night beyond the Neuse and below Kmnston. Before day the next morning we relieved Hokes division, in the trenches on Southwest Creek, while it made a flank movement to the Yankee left. General Clayton, of Lees corps, came up with his divis- ion about 8 a. in., and was sent to co-operate with General Hoke.
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