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were taken possession of by others after we left them. The enemy were pursued for near a mile beyond the works, when, the lines becoming confused from the energy of the pursuit, a halt was ordered for refor- mation. After formation our brigade, with Reynolds, was moved to the left of the road and held for a short while in reserve, but soon we were ordered forward again, and retiring lines of our troops meeting us and passing through, reporting the enemy advancing in heavy force,, a position was selected and in a few moments onr division was again engaged. The contest here was very stubborn, the enemy bringing up two lines of battle or more; but not an inch was given them, and not a straggler along the line was to be seen. The men fought with exceed- ing gallantry and coolness. The fighting here lasted for two hours or more. About nightfall, a fresh brigade (Conners) of General McLaws divis- ion coming up, our brigade, with Reynolds, was moved a little to the left, connecting on the right with Conners and fronting to the left to resist an attack which had been threatened by the enemy during the whole fight just alluded to on this exposed flank, which had been cov- ered during the fight by a skirmish line from our division and a portion of Deas brigade (reporting at this time temporarily to Major-General Walthall). Deas brigade was then withdrawn, and about an hour in the night Conners was withdrawn, which necessitated the deployment of the two brigades as skirmishers to cover the ground occupied by them. The brigade, with Reynolds, remained in this position until 11 oclock at night, when, by orders, it was withdrawn. The brigade carried into this action ninety-one gnus, and its casu- alties are 1 man killed, 5 officers and 17 men wounded, and 1 man miss- ing. I will mention as worthy of compliment for good conduct Lieut. R. W. Banks, acting assistant adjutant-general, and Lient. J. H. Rainer, acting assisf ant inspector- general, acting on my staff. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, GEG. D. JOHNSTON, Brigadier- General, Cornma~ding Quarles Brigade. Capt. W. IR. BARKSDALE, Assistant Adjutant- General. No. 298. Report of Got. Henry G. Bunn, Fourth Arkansas Infantry, commanding Reynolds Brigade, of operations ]Iiliarch 19. HEADQUARTERS REYNOLDS BRIGADE, March 28, 1865. SIR: I have the honor to submit the following report of the opera. tions of Reynolds brigade in the engagement of the 19th instant in front of Bentonville, N. C., viz: While maneuvering to take position on the right of General Hokes division, about 11 a. m. on the 19th, B rig. Gen. D. II. Reynolds received a wound (from which he subsequently lost a leg), and I was immediately placed in command of his brigade. Our position proper was in an open field and supporting one or two batteries of artillery. but owing to the exposed situation, with Brigadmer-Gen.eral Johnston I

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