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1098 Series I Volume XLVII-I Serial 98 - Columbia Part I

Page 1098 Chapter LIX]OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA.

We reformed about 400 yards in rear of the farthest point to which we had advanced, and were placed in position by General ilardee on the right of General Taliaferro, where we remained until 2 oclock the next morning, wheti we marched across Mill Creek and reported to Major- General Stevenson. A list of casualties has been heretofore furnished. Respectfully, your obedient servant, R. J. hENDERSON, Maj. JOHN J. REEVE, Colonel, Commanding. Assistant Adjutant- General. No. 294. Report of Brig. Gen. Edmund W. Pettus, C. S. Army, of operations March 19. RALEIGH, N. C., April 1, 1865. MAJOR: The following is a report of the part taken by my brigade in the battle of the 19th ultimo near Bentonville: The division was formed in two lines in the center of the corps, Palmers brigade in front and my brigade about 250 yards in the rear, both partially intrenched. About 4 p. In. I was ordered by the major-general commanding to fol- low the movements of Palmers brigade, keeping my command about 300 yards in his rear until such time as Brigadier-General Palmer might need my support. The movement commenced soon thereafter. Palmers brigade moved forward and my command followed as directed. The front line drove the enemy from two intrenched lines, and was still moving forward when I received orders from the major-general coin- manding to move my brigade by the left flank, so as to cover the main road froln Bentonville, and to move forward on that road, keeping my command well in hand. The ground over which my cor~mand had to advance was flat and marshy and covered with undergrowth; so to keep my brigade well in hand I had to move slowly. After advancing about 500 yards past the enemys second line the firing became brisk, and at a short distance from and directly on my left flank, and Lieu- tenant-Colonel Elliott, Thirtieth Alabama Regiment, was sent with his small command to cover that flank as skirmishers. This fire increas- ing and approaching my line, and seeing stragglers muoving rapidly to the rear from that point, I changed front by throwing back my left; but the enemy were driven back by other troops. My line was again formed across the road and moved forward, covered by the skirmishers under Lieutenant-Colonel Elliott, who vas instructed to drive in the enemys skirmishers and find his line. Whilst thus advancing under a heavy fire from the enemys artillery and driving his skirmishers, Major- General Hill, commanding corps, rode up to my line and informed me that the enemy were advancing in force, and probably with fresh troops, and ordered me to halt and prepare to meet the charge. My line was halted with the right on the road, and the men were ordered to lie down in their places. It was then about sunset, and from the smoke of the guns and the burning woods it was difficult to see objects at a distance. The enemys line, very soon after I had received the order from General Hill, charged and drove in my skirmishers, follow-

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