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Lient. Bradford Nichol, acting ordnance officer for the corps, merits special notice in this report for the incomparable energy and efficiency in getting, under embarrassing circumstances, transportation for and furnishing timely supplies of ammunition. To Dr. George NI. McDowell, chief surgeon, I tender my acknowl- edgments for the skill, energy, and success displayed in his depart- ment. A list of casualties has heretofore, as per order, been forwarded to your office.* It exhibits a loss of little more than 25 per cent of the number engaged. For further particulars allow me to respectfully refer to the reports of my brigade commanders. I am, most respectfully, your obedient servant, WM. B. BATE, Major- General, Commanding. No. 300. Report of Brig. Gen. James A. Smith, C. S. Army, commanding Cleburnes division, of operations March 19. HEADQUARTERS CLEBURNES DIVISION, March 27, 1865. SIR: In obedience to instructions from headquarters Cheathams corps, dated March 22, 1865, I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by this division in the action near Bentonville, N. C., on the 19th instant: Only two of the brigades of the division (Gordons and my own) were engaged, the other two (Lowreys and Granburys) being still in the rear, and did not reach the battle-field until the next day. I was placed in position on the right of Claytons division, Govans brigade on the left and Smiths on the right. My lines had been formed but a few minutes, and I was proceeding to fortify, when the enemy suddenly appeared iii our front, pushing his lines up to within thirty or forty paces of my left. He was, however, soon forced to retrace his steps in confusion, leaving a number of his dead and wounded in our posses- sion. My breast-work was soon completed. I received an order to be in readiness to advance at 12.45 p. m. Owing to the difficulty in getting over the abatis in front of my brigade the movement was not simultaneous along the line, and the consequence was this brigade did not come np as promptly as it should have done. After advancing about 200 yards the enemy opened a heavy fire on us from his works about 400 in onr front. This fire only staggered us for the moment; another moment he was driven in great disorder from his strongly-intrenched position. The pursuit was kept up until we had reached a road running parallel with our works and about a mile from them. Here the line was halted to reform. Advancing again we encountered the enemy 300 or 400 yards in our front. This time his resistance was more stubborn, and bringing up fresh troops he was enabled to drive us a short distance. His success, however, was only temporary, as he was in turn drive~i across the slough about 200 yards See eolmolidate(1 statement, p. 1060.
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