Jones' brigade, though frequently in position and under fire, did not become engaged. The battery under Lieutenant Rosser, with which I remained, under the orders received on the evening of the 17th ultimo, was constantly in position during the day, in momentary expectation of an attack on that point from the enemy, who had been seen the evening before and during the entire day reconnoitering our position, small squads frequently emerging from the woods on the other side of the ford near the railroad. This battery, however, had no opportunity of firing a gun, thus disappointing as brave and efficient a command as any in the engagement on that memorable day.
In consequence of my absence from that part of the field where the engagement took place I am obliged to refer you to the annexed copy of the report of Lieutenant Squires, who commanded the seven guns engaged in the action, from which, general, you will be enabled to estimate the gallant service which that small portion of my command rendered in that artillery duel against the odds of more than two to one. My loss in this engagement was six wounded-Captain Eshleman, Fourth Company; Privates Zebel, Tarleton, and G. W. Muse, of First Company, and Privates Baker and Tully, of Third Company. Private Muse died during the night from the effect of his wounds.
I would ask your attention to the report of Lieutenant Squires in relation to the brave conduct of the officers and non-commissioned officers especially named by him, and avail myself of the opportunity afforded me to confirm his report of the gallant conduct of all the officers and the rank and file who were so fortunate as to be engaged on that day.
To Lieutenant Squires is due great credit for his coolness, skill, and daring under the peculiar circumstances by which he was surrounded. Never before having been under fire, and having under his command guns and men other than those of his own company, he on all hands is acknowledged, assisted by the devotion and courage of the brave officers and men who acted with him, to have done much towards the accomplishment of a wonderful victory, as honorable to his State and his corps as gratifying to his companions and valuable to his country.
I have the honor to be, general, your obedient servant,
J. B. WALTON,
General P. G. T. BEAUREGARD, C. S. A.,
Commanding First Corps, Army of the Potomac.
Numbers 79. Report of Lieutenant C. W. Squires, Washington Artillery, of action at Blackburn's Ford.
CAMP LOUISIANA, August 1, 1861.
SIR: I have the honor to make the following report:
Early on the morning of the 18th ultimo the three pieces of artillery under my command were ordered to march in the direction of Blackburn's Ford with Colonel Jubal A. Early's brigade. On reaching McLean's farm house we were joined by two more pieces of our battalion, under command of Lieutenant J. B. Whittington and L. A. Adam. We were directed by the commanding officer (Colonel Early) to form one battery and act together. We were ordered to take position behind a piece of woods within a short distance of Bull Run, and place the command in