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1105 Series I Volume XLVII-I Serial 98 - Columbia Part I


was ordered to take position for the time about 200 yards in rear of General Hokes right, with instructions to support the artillery in the open field in case of an attack by the enemy. At 2.45 p. in., with Brigadier-General Johnston on my left, I was ordered to advance simultaneously with General iloke, on our left, and General Loring, on my right, to attack the enemy in his position, and in case the line of advance of the abovenamed division should so con- verge during the advance as to take up the line allotted to my command I was ordered to form in reserve to General Loring. With Brigadier- General Johnston I advanced, obliquing to the right through the open field, directing my right to General Lorings left. General Hoke not moving simultaneously, I continned to occupy the line to the leIt of Gen- eral Loring, in the meantime driving the enemy from his temporary works. Brigadier-General Johnston and I continued to advance rap- idly until we reunited with General Lorings advance line, where, halt- ing a short time to reform, we charged and drove the enemy from his main works and pursued him several hundred yards. The whole line at length was halted to reform, where I remained until about 4 p. in., when, in conjunction with the commands in the main line, I advanced about half a mile through a swamp inundated. Having taken a position at length, Brigadier-General Johnstons and my brigade forming the lelt of that position of the hue, about 5 p. in. the enemy in one or two lines of battle attacked and attempted to drive us from our unprotected positiou; but our men stood firm, not a man leaving his post except the wounded. At this point the contest was more obstinate and the musketry more terrific than at any other time of the engagement. Having received a slight wound, I retired from the field at tTilight. In connection with this report I have to say that Reynolds brigade conducted itself with that gallantry and spirit which has ever distimi- guished it in battle. Officers and macmi did their duty nobly. I could mention several instances of personal courage and daring, but m any equally deserving, doubtless, I could not under the circumstances observe. My thanks are due Lient. F. W. Ragland, aide-de-camp, and my only staff officer, for his gallant services during the day. My loss in this engagement was as follows, viz: Killed, 7; wounded, 33; missing, 1; total, 41. My effective force previous to the engage- ment was about 150. I am, captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant, II. G. BUNN, Colonel, Commanding Reynolds Brigade. Capt. E. P. CLARK, Acting Assistant Adjutant- General. No. 299. Report of Maj. Gen. William B. Bate, C. S. Army, of operations March 19. HEADQUARTERS BATES DIVISION, In the Field, near Smithfield, N. C., March 28, 1865. COLONEL: In obedience to orders from headquarters of the Army of Tennessee I have the honor to submit the following as the official report 70 R RYOL XLVII, PT I