the regimental commanders and Lieutenant-Colonel Gant for their promptness in carrying out orders, and when separated from me the ability they evinced in conduction their regiments.
I take pleasure in calling attention to the efficient service rendered to my own as well as to other brigades by the gallant Captain Manning, aide-de-camp to the major-general commanding.
To my personal staff-Lieutenants Baird and Pickett and Captain Croxton-I am much indebted for the continuous and arduous duties they performed under a most galling and annoying fire. Captain Croxton having been sent with an order, was during the early part of the engagement with General Pryor and Lieutenant-Colonel Berkeley, of the Eighth. These gentleman speak of his being of great assistance to them.
I respectfully call the attention of the major-general commanding to those specially mentioned in regimental reports by their colonels.
I must mention also the dastardly subterfuges of an enemy pretending to be civilized, such a raising a white flag and pretending to surrender in order to stop our fire to allow their re-enforcements to come up and enable them to pour in a deadly volley upon and honorable and too unsuspecting foe.
Our loss was quite severe:
Killed. Wounded. Missing.
Officers 2 9 1
Enlisted men 24 129 25
Total 26 138 26
Grand total --- --- 190
The brigade entered the action with 1,529 muskets. Accompanying is a full list of casualties.*
I am, captain, very respectfully, your most obedient servant,
GEO. E. PICKETT,
Captain G. MOXLEY SORREL,
No. 69. Report of Brigadier General Roger A. Pryor,
C. S. Army, commanding brigade.
HEADQUARTERS BRIGADE, May 10, 1862.
CAPTAIN: About 9 o'clock on the morning of the 5th I received verbal orders from several sources to move my command to the support of Brigadier-General Wilcox, who was expecting to engage the enemy to the left of my front. As my brigade was distributed among four redoubts, which Brigadier-General Anderson had instructed me to hold at every hazard, and as I had received no authoritative command to evacuate
*Not found. See No. 61.