War of the Rebellion: Serial 012 Page 0651 Chapter XXIII. SKIRMISHES AT NEW BRIDGE, VA., ETC.

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MAY 23-24, 1862, - Skirmishes at Ellison's Mill, New Bridge, and Mechanicsville, Va.

REPORTS.

Numbers 1. - Major General George B. McClellan, U. S. Army, commanding Army of the Potomac.

Numbers 2. -Lieutenant Nicolas Bowen, Topographical Engineers, U. S. Army.

Numbers 3. -Colonel Dwight A. Woodbury, Fourth Michigan Infantry.

Numbers 4. -Brigadier General John W. Davidson, U. S. Army, commanding bridge.

Numbers 5. -Captain John C. Tidball, Second U. S. Artillery.

Numbers 6. -Lieutenant Alexander C. M. Pennington, Second U. S. Artillery.

Numbers 7. -Captain Charles C. Wheeler, Battery E, First New York Light Artillery.

Numbers 8. -Lieutenant Colonel Selden Connor, Seventh Maine Infantry.

Numbers 9. -Lieutenant Colonel Joseph W. Corning, Thirty-third New York Infantry.

No. 10. -Colonel James B. McKean, Seventy-seventh New York Infantry.

No. 11. -Colonel Beverly H. Robertson, Fourth Virginia Cavalry.

No. 12. -Brigadier General Paul J. Semmes, C. S. Army, commanding brigade.

No. 13. -Colonel A. Cumming, Tenth Georgia Infantry.

No. 14. -Colonel T. G. Hunt, Fifth Louisiana Infantry.

Numbers 1. Reports of Major General George B. McClellan,

U. S. Army, commanding Army of the Potomac.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Saturday, May 24, 1862.

His Excellency ABRAHAM LINCOLN, President:

Three skirmishes to-day. Drove rebels from Mechanicsville, 7 miles from New Bridge. Fourth Michigan about finished Louisiana Tigers; 50 prisoners; 50 killed. Our loss 10 killed and wounded.

GEO. B. McCLELLAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF POTOMAC,

May 24, 1862-9 p. m.

Honorable E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War:

Advanced guard had an artillery skirmish near Mechanicsville yesterday afternoon. It was carried this morning by Davidson's brigade, and the enemy driven completely over the river at New Bridge. Five hundred of Fourth Michigan, under Colonel Woodbury, covering a very gallant reconnaissance made by Lieutenants Bowen and Custer, came upon the Louisiana Tigers, and handled them terribly, taking some 50 prisoners and killing and wounding very large numbers, with a loss of 2 killed and 7 wounded. On the Bottom's Bridge road General Naglee drove the enemy from the Seven Pines, 5 miles from the bridge. I would request that these localities be not published. The papers soon reach the enemy.

GEO. B. MCCLELLAN,

Major-General, Commanding.