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attack. Such was the condition of things when firing ceased along the lines on my left, and the enemy were soon busily engaged in forti- fying before me. The regiment of Conners brigade which was formed on my right having been withdrawn, I covered my right flank with skirmishers and remained in my position till 10.45 oclock, when ,by Major-General Lorings orders, I withdrew to the point from which I moved when the line first advanced. It would be unjust to my brigade commanders and the officers and men of their commands were I to withhold an expression of my high appreciation of their services and conduct in this action. I only award them what is their due when I state that not one among them failed to do his entire duty in every respect and to the fullest extent. The wound received by Brigadier-General Reynolds just as he came upon the field, which resulted in the loss of a limb, deprives the coun- try for a time of the services of a valuable officer, who, during four years of faithful service, has been distinguished for his intelligence and skill no less than for his gallantry on every field where he has been before the enemy. Lient. A. F. Smith, acting assistant inspector-general, and Private E. D. Clark, Fourth Louisiana Regiment, acting assistant adjutant- general (both of whom were wounded), and Lieut. R. A. Smith, ordnance officer, were with me on the field, and my thanks are due them for the efficient manner in which their duties were performed. Reports of brigade commanders, with lists of casualties,* are here- with forwarded. Respectfully, your obedient servant, E. C. WALTHALL, ]Iiliajor- General. Maj. R. W. MJLLSAPS Acting Assistant Adjntant- Generai. No. 297. Report of Brig. Gen. George D. Johnston, C. S. Army, commanding Q uarles brigade, of operations ifarch 19. HEADQUARTERS QUARLES BRIGADE, 7liarch 20, 1865. CAPTAIN: In obedience to orders, I have the honor to submit the fol- lowing report of the part taken by Quarles brigade in the action of the 19th instant: A short while after sunrise on the morning of the 19th instant the brigade took np the line of march from Bentonville for the field of bat- tIe; after reaching which it was placed in line on the left of General Reynolds brigade, near the road leading from Bentonville to the battle-field. At 2.45 p. m. the division was moved to the attack of the enemy, who were occupying works in our front and to the right of the road referred to. The attack was made in right spirit and good order under heavy artillery and small-arm fire, and two of the enemys lines of battle were driven promptly from their position and from the field. Two field pieces and quite a number of prisoners were passed by here, but no halt was allowed or taken to possess and carry back these captures. They ~ot found, but sco consolidated statement, ~. 1060.
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