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Numbers 81. Reports of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas S. Garnett, Forty-eighth Virginia Infantry, of battle of Cross Keys and engagement at Port Republic.

HDQRS. FORTY-EIGHTH REGIMENT VIRGINIA VOLS.,

Camp near Port Republic, Va., June 15, 1862.

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to transmit to you, for the information of Colonel Patton, commanding the Second Brigade, a report of the operations of the Forty-eighth Regiment Virginia Volunteers during the recent engagement of the 8th near Port Republic:

At about 8 o'clock on Sunday morning we were marched to the hills overlooking Port Republic, and took up a line of battle, in which we remained during a heavy cannonade of some two or three hours. Orders were then received to march to the rear in the direction of the firing. The Forty-eighth Regiment, followed by the other portion of this brigade, moved rapidly to the scene of action. Colonel patton then detached the Forty-eighth Regiment and ordered me to move forward to the left of the road to support a battery, strongly threatened with being charged by the enemy. Here General Ewell placed the regiment in position, ordering to the front as skirmishers all the men with longrange guns. We remained at this place until about 8 o'clock at night, when we were ordered back to camp.

Casualties during the day were 3 men killed and 1 officer and 8 men wounded.*

Very respectfully,

THOS. S. GARNETT,

Lieutenant Colonel, Commanding Forty-eighth Regiment Virginia Vols.

Captain R. N. WILSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Second Brigade.

HDQRS. FORTY-EIGHTH REGIMENT VIRGINIA VOLS.,

Camp near Port Republic, Va., June 15, 1862.

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to transmit to you, for the information of Colonel Patton, commanding the Second Brigade, a report of the operations of the Forty-eighth Regiment Virginia Volunteers during the recent engagement of the 9th near Port Republic:

At daylight on the morning of the 9th the Forty-eighth Regiment was ordered to report to Major-General Jackson at Port Republic. On reaching this point I found that the general had left for the field of battle, and I immediately marched the regiment there, when I was ordered to take position eighth General Winder's brigade, and acted in conjunction with his and the Louisiana brigade until the enemy was routed. The Forty-eighth Regiment then joined in the pursuit, throwing out skirmishers, and succeeded in capturing some 60 prisoners; returning, we reached our camp about 2 o'clock Monday night. Casualties during the day, 1 man killed and 4 wounded.

Very respectfully,

THOS. S. GARNETT,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Second Brigade.

Captain R. N. WILSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Second Brigade.

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*According to Ewell's report, 3 men killed and 1 officer and 6 men wounded.

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