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1101 Series I Volume XLVII-I Serial 98 - Columbia Part I


Col. P. M. Saffell, Twenty-sixth Tennessee Volunteers, being a super- numerary officer; volunteered with Colonel Ashbys cavalry, to resist the enemy attempting to turn our left hank on the 21st, and was killed while gallantly leading a charge and repulsing them. Capts. Gideon II. Lowe and XV. T. Powers and Licut. F. P. Burns, of my staff, each behaved with distinguished gallantry. Captain Lowe was severely wounded early in the action. Capt: G. W. F. Harper, commanding Fifty-eighth North Carolina; Capt. Eli Spangler, commanding Fifty-fourth Virginia, and Lient. Col. C. II. Lynch, commanding Sixty-third Virginia and Sixtieth North Carolina, each handled their commands with ability and bore themselves handsomely through the day, as did Colonel Searcy and the officers under him, commanding Teiinessee consolidation. With considerations of very high regard, major, I have the honor to submit this report. and am. your obedient servant, J. B. PALMER, Brigadier- General. Maj. JOHN J. REEVE, Assistant Adjutant- General. No. 296. Report of iliaj. Gen. Edward C. WalthaU, C. S. Army, of operations March 19. HEADQUARTERS WALTHALLS DIVISION, STEWARTS CORPS, ARMY OF TENNESSEE, 4pril 8, 1865. I respectfully submit the following report of the part taken by the command in the action near Bentonville N. C.: Early in the morning of the 19th of March, with Reynolds and Quarles brigades, commanded respectively by Brig. Gens. D. H. Reynolds and George D. Johnston, I followed Lorings division to the point, about two miles and a half from the village of Bentouville, selected for the line of battle. Arriving there 1 was informed by Lieutenant-General Stewart, commanding the Army of Tennessee, that Lorings division would form in the woods to the right of a held near by, where several batteries were posted, and that other troops were already in position to the left of it. He had at the same time directed me to put my com- mand in the woods on the left of the field to protect the artillery. While getting into this position Brigadier-General Reynolds, who com- manded my leading brigade, was severely wounded by a shell from the enemys artillery, which opened a brisk fire upon the head of my column as soon as it was discovered, and the command of his brigade devolved upon Col. H. G. Bunn, Fourth Arkansas Regiment. I notified Major-General Loring that I was in position on the left of the field by orders from Lieutenant-General Stewart, and about 2.20 oclock was informed by him that the whole line would move forward precisely at 2.45. His instructions to me were so to move that after crossing the field before me my right should strike a point indicated in the woods beyond where it was supposed the left of Lorings division would arrive by the time I reached it, and that then my command in advancing should guide right, unless, however, the commands omi my right and left should so converge in advancing as to cover the ground